I have been talking to friends from around the country about what they eat for supper on New Years Day.
I thought, especially in the south, that most everyone practiced this tradition. The tradition of pork, black eyed peas, and greens for their supper. I do understand that it is a huge staple in the south, much more so than up north, but a lot of the people I have talked to are southerners.
The tradition states the following: Black-eyed peas and collards are the base of the New Year's Day meal. Pork also plays a part. Traditionally, black-eyed peas and collards are cooked with pork or fat-back, so, that would take care of the pork, although you could also put some sausage or a nice slice of ham on the plate to make a full meal. All of the components symbolize good luck/prosperity/wealth.
The collards are green (and our dollar is still green, and the rest of the money is still mostly green) - wealth
The pork is symbolic of progress and prosperity because the pig is the only animal that eats while it is moving forward.
Black eyed peas symbolize good luck.
There are several stories around as to why. The one I have heard most is that when Savannah was burned to the ground, the people suffered great deprivation, and then, luckily, a huge barrel of black-eyed peas was discovered and the black-eyed peas kept the population from starving until more food could be had.
We have always practiced this tradition. Do you? If not does your family have a special meal for New Years?
my family always does black eyed peas, cabbage(smothers and uncooked because one of my brothers doesnt eat it cooked) and a roast or something like that. and i have always ben forced to eat at least one bite of the beans. i hate black eyes.