Growing up, I watched my mother complete so many tasks before the New Year approached. If you are from the south, I am sure there are some different traditions that your family completes too. The traditions are to prepare you for a prosperous new year. Let’s check out a few southern traditions below:
Start your day by ensuring that your house is clean, which should be a “no brainer.” This includes washing your clothes. Don’t wash clothes on New Year’s Day. Wash clothes NOW, if you haven’t already. Do not go into the new year with dirty clothes. Washing dishes or doing laundry on New Years could result a death in your house that year. The theory behind it being that as you wash the dishes or laundry, you ‘wash away’ the person.
Also, make sure you make a pot of black eyed peas. The black eyed peas will bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year! If you aren’t a fan of black-eyed peas, add some meat to it for taste and a side of side rice. There are many recipes to help you out as well. Chicken should not be eaten on the first day of the year or you will have financial difficulties for the rest of the year.
Next, make you some collard greens and corn bread. Collard Greens represents money in the New Year. The southern tradition says that each bite of greens you eat is worth $1,000 in the upcoming year. The Corn bread represents pocket money or spending money. The tradition stems from the color of the bread. It’s color represents “gold” or “coin” money. Plus, it taste really good with collard greens, peas and pork.
Lastly, the first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally, he should have dark hair, tall, and good-looking. Don’t let a woman near your door before a man crosses the threshold. Women will bring disasters within your home.
Spanish Tradition: Twelve grapes are eaten at midnight, each grape symbolizing a different month. If your grapes are very sweet, then it means that specific month will also be sweet and pleasant. If your grapes turn out sour, then you know the month will also be sour, so hope that the grapes are sweet!
What are some traditions that your family consider a must-have?