Okay I like the Tradition information that is being posted. I have lived in a few different places across the USA and have noticed that there are different meals served on New Years Day that signify something for the coming year.
One example is that the part of Ohio I was born in you eat Sauerkraut on New Years Day, if you do you will have money all year. Something I still do to this day . In Oklahoma it was Black Eye Peas-can't recall the reason behind it.
So my question is what traditional food do you serve for New Years Day and is there a reason behind it?
Thanks, I look forward to seeing information
Even here in N. Ohio I still start a crockpot of Sauerkraut & pork of some kind, usually a pork roast--on New Eve--for New Years Day. My DH's parensts did the same and they were from the Uk. There would be something missing in the house if I didn't do this. There is a feeling of content, carry this tradition on.
Yes, they say that if you eat Black Eyed Peas and greens on New Years Day you will have good luck through the New Year. (I've actually never done it, but that's what most people eat where I come from.)
Like so many other traditions, this one has many different stories as to how it got started. Here are a few that I have found:
1.) Back in the days of the Old South, during the time of Southern gentility, and Northern hostility, the celebrated black eyed peas were used strictly for the feeding of cattle. During the Civil War battle of Vicksburg, the town was under siege for over 40 days. The Yankee soldiers burned all the crops except for the "cowpeas" which they considered worthless weeds. The Union army raided all the food supplies and took everything except the "cow peas" stored for the winter. With no supplies coming in the citizens suffered great deprivations.The entire town was on the brink of starvation, so in desperation they ate those humble "cowpeas" and were lucky to survive the war, thus starting a Southern tradition. Nowadays that is why it is considered good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day.
2.) Black eyed peas signify coins and the collard greens represent currency and thus represent hopes of prosperity and good luck in the coming new year.
3.) All the way back to the days of the Pharaoh, blackeyed peas have been a symbol of luck and fortune. The superstition is that those who eat blackeyes, an inexpensive and modest food, show their humility instead of vanity, and thus save themselves from the wrath of the gods.
Oh My --- What a wonderful History Lessons. I'm soo glad I asked . I like Black-Eye Peas and certainly Greens, but they have to be Fresh ones, the canned ones are to mushy for me. Might have to pull the crock pot out for this one. Your postings are really good. Thanks again.
I am from Kentucky but now live in Florida. Everyone in Kentucky eats black Eyed Peas & Cabbage on New Years Day. My Grandma the reason why was if you start the new year modest then the whole rest of the year you would have plenty.
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