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What family culinary traditions do you have for New Year’s?

Bringing in the New Year, we all want good luck. Does your family have any food traditions to bring good luck in 2020?

@ My KinConnections family, we always have #black eyed peas, sauerkraut and pork ribs on #New Years. But why these foods? Black eyed peas have been associated with good luck as far back as Ancient Egypt and 500 AD as part of Jewish New Year celebrations according to #Southern Living, and eating black eyed peas with rice also has African origins.

African American history points to the 1863 Emancipation proclamation, as slaves prepared black eyed peas to celebrate their new freedom. Also, #black eyed peas are inexpensive to make which makes it an easy to make dish.

My family also has pork, in our case baked pork ribs. Eating pork and cabbage on New Year’s has origins in Germany and Eastern Europe. Cabbage symbolizes new life and money—both good luck for the New Year!

Does your family also eat collard greens? Well bring on the money… collard greens symbolize money and prosperity in the New Year.

There are so many other foods such as noodles, fruit and seafood in other cultures.

What foods does your family eat to celebrate the New Year and what do they symbolize?

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