EFEBy Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City

Mexico's retail flower, craft and food merchants are counting on a stimulus from the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration to make up for a dismal 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The mixture of hope and anxiety was palpable Friday at the Mercado de Jamaica, Mexico City's leading flower market, where only a handful of shoppers walked down aisles filled with the cempasuchil (Mexican marigolds) that adorn the home altars erected to honor departed ancestors during the Nov. 1-2 festival.