KENTUCKY, USA – New Years Day in the South is all about what you eat, what they say is set up for a successful year. Your New Year’s Day meal should include kale, black-eyed peas, pork, and cornbread. They are said to bring health, wealth and happiness.
It’s not entirely clear when or why these foods became the New Year’s staples, but according to Southern Food by southern food researcher John Egerton: At home, on the go, in history black-eyed peas have been associated with a “mystical and mythical.” Power to bring luck. ”
The legume comes from West Africa and is often included in meals on special occasions. Many believe that the swelling of the cooked bean symbolizes the increase in happiness.
Here are the New Years classics and what they’re supposed to represent: