Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in Spain and elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world, starts with Palm Sunday on April 14th, while Good Friday, the day commemorating the Passion of Christ, is on April 19th this year, the start of Passover. The Resurrection of Christ is held on Saturday and Sunday in most Christian Churches in the States, including the Catholic Church.
In the USA, Easter Bunny chocolates are already on sale as are Easter Baskets and other decorations for the Season. People have planned decorated egg-rolling and gathering contests for the children on their lawns, and one wonders if the White House lawn will join in the fun this year. There is a secular and religious divide in the States because of the general requirement of a separation between Church and State, but Easter traditions are often mixed and followed anyway.
Easter bonnets used to be the thing to wear in parades and in town, and now they may only be seen at the horse races! We’re all so much more casual in dress now, that I wonder how VOGUE and COSMOPOLITAN manage to survive!
The weather in April tends to be a mix of rain and sunshine, and May bursts forth with blossoms and flowers and greenery. The mountaintops may still have snow until June, but April is a time for planning your summer garden and thinking about when you are going to start your tomato plants.
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