If you are from the south, your are probably familiar with the traditional foods prepared on New Year’s day which include black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread and pork. But do you know what these foods symbolize and why southerners have this tradition?ID-100383473

For years, people in the south have prepared these foods every New Year’s Day.  Why, because they are supposed to bring you prosperity for the new year.  So what do each of these food represent?

Dried black-eyed peas loosely resemble coins and expand in volume when soaked, symbolizing expanding wealth.

A lot of people closely associate good luck with monetary gain, which is where the greens come into play, symbolizing the color of US currency.

Golden cornbread is often added to this southern meal which associated with a well know phrase, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.”

As for pork, well it’s just there for flavor and it goes great with these foods.

No matter what your New Year’s Day tradition is, we at Southern Oaks wish everyone a very safe and happy New Year!

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