Laredoans Share New Year Traditions
Out with the old and in with the new. It's the time of year when people are hopeful for a new start with a new year and try anything to bring good luck to them in 2013.
"We go over to a friend's house. We celebrate with his family. My family goes over and we have a tradition where we eat the 12 grapes and we've been doing it for the last five years."
The tradition is meant to lead to a year of prosperity. In addition to the good luck food, we heard of another tradition that requires some work.
"I run around the corner with my luggage."
This will supposedly increase your traveling throughout the year. It might seem funny, but she says it's been working for years.
"My family, maybe we read it in a magazine and it worked. We've been doing it for 10 years or something like that."
And she's not alone. We found another person who also participates in the luggage tradition.
"It's been going on for quite a while. What they do is take luggage out of the house so you can travel more for the new year."
Not everyone believes in lucky traditions however.
"I like to stay off the roads after sunset. I like to make sure I'm home and not driving and the same with my family."
After going to church to bless each family member and wish them a happy new year, Greta Fuentes says she and her family enjoy a delicious meal every year.
"And then we go home and have a great mexican dinner. Carnitas with tortillas. We just spend a lot of time together."