New Years Traditions: Beyond the NYC Ball Drop

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - While many of you may be spending your New Years Eve indoors, hiding from the very cold weather, that's where the New Year tradition similarities come to an end. For many of us following the traditional Southern new year's custom, prosperity begins with a pea... A black eyed pea of course.

But look a little deeper into Amarillo's varied cultures and you'll find each one celebrates very differently. For those with Mexican heritage, their evening consists of 12 grapes eaten at the stroke of midnight, money in a shoe and dancing in the streets with a suitcase.

Enrique Aguirre says, "We eat 12 grapes, one for each month and make a wish for each month. We put money, whether it's a coin or a dollar in our shoe to give us good luck and we dance in the street with baggage and everybody hopes to have a good travel year.

Several other cultures with communities in Amarillo aren't celebrating on December 31st at all... They're new year doesn't happen until the Spring, and then it's filled with tables topped with foods starting with the letter "s", water festivals and lucky money.