On our table tonight (my last carnivorous meal!) we will have a traditional southern New Years dinner: BBQ ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and corn bread…yummy! Even on her way to an overnight shift, my mom made sure to prepare a pot of collard greens and black eyed peas.
Along with some bubbly we will bring in the new year with our pj’s on, prayer on our tongues and full bellies.
So what is the meaning behind this meal?
Pork represents health and continued prosperity
Greens (collards, mustard, turnip, cabbage) represents the present paper money
Black eyed peas (or any other field peas) represents good fortune or coins
Cornbread represents gold
All together the meal represents financial prosperity, good luck and good health in the coming new year for everyone who partakes in the meal.
Whether we truly believe it or not, this is how previous generations in my family did it, how I brought in the new year each year with my family and I plan to continue it with mine.