This week is Semana Santa (Holy Week), and it's a big week in Mexico - schools cancel classes and businesses take a holiday. It is also a big week for retailers in the Southwest United States because Mexican shoppers cross the border in droves.
For San Antonio it’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for retail sales, and retailers have high hopes for this year’s Semana Santa spending spree because of a powerful peso.
Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures. This week, supernatural celebrations abound in Mexico.
CONGRESO DE BRUJOS
Catemaco, Mexico lies on the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz. Normally a sedate, drowsy little town, it becomes the center of witchcraft next weekend. The National Congress of Witches will be underway.
Looking to increase trade ties, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. Castro also updated the president on U.S. immigration reform.
Peña Nieto’s presidential term is only several months old and Castro said he’s looking for ways to improve the flow of trade between the two neighbors. Castro said he was in Mexico City looking to promote San Antonio as a major trade hub for Mexico.