Semana Santa (Holy Week), with its colorful ceremonies and pageantry, is one of the holiest weeks in the Catholic religion and most widely celebrated holidays throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Every February, couples receive a not-so-gentle reminder to rekindle their romance. While cards, flowers, and chocolate may be the norm as far as gift-giving goes, we know that some years may merit something a little extra. Why not turn those drugstore bouquets into beautiful flowering gardens, or try locally-made Mexican sweets in lieu of the usual heart-shaped candy?
Rio isn't the only city that knows how to celebrate Carnival in style. In the week leading up to Lent, millions of people across Latin America take to the streets for dancing, live music, drinking and revelry – and a range of other unusual and surprising traditions.