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Do you eat anything special for good luck on New Year's day?

I will serve black-eyed peas and tamales to my family on New Year's day.  Both are said to bring good luck or prosperity in the coming year.  I can't say it has always worked out that way, but it is a nice tradition.

What's on the menu for your family?  Is there any special significance to your choices?


Asked by TweenAndTwinMom at 5:39 PM on Dec. 28, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • my mother always cooked black eye peas for good luck so I carry on the tradition to my own family as an adult I'm goin to cook black eye peas

    Answer by bmwlover at 5:42 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Copius amounts of alcohol.

    Answer by tasches at 5:47 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Wow I had never heard of eating anything for good luck.. good to know :)

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 5:43 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • no

    Answer by elasmimi at 6:21 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • I hadn't heard of eating tamales for the New Year. We will be having black eye peas, collard greens, and cornbread.. The peas and the greens will be cooked with fat back. All of that, minus the cornbread, is traditionally thought of as bringing good luck. I may add tamales to the menu. I love those things!

    Answer by duckigrrl at 7:07 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Black eyed peas (signifies coins), turnip greens (signifies dollars), and cornbread (signifies gold).

    Answer by missanc at 7:21 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Black eyed peas for good luck, coleslaw for good fortune. :-)

    Answer by ss_mom at 10:31 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • We have black eye pea soup for good luck ,cabbage for wealth and cornbread. Just tp play it safe we have long noodles on the Chinese new year for long life. LOL


    Answer by drfink at 11:24 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • No--- we will be returning from skiing and staying at a cabin in the north woods and probably stop at Subway or something. LOL. We have no superstitions or traditions. It is just the start of 2011....nothing more than that.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 11:47 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Corned beef and cabbage is ours.....will have some black eyed peas and corn bread on the side

    Answer by LilyPondOasis at 6:43 AM on Dec. 29, 2010