Collard greens for good luck, black eyed peas for wisdom, and more NYE traditions

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 3:15 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Before the New Year arrives, there are few things some people check off their list to ensure the new year is a good one starting with what’s on their plate.

“I was growing up knowing that you cook black eye peas collard greens. Greens is for money black eye peas are for good luck,” says Mary Bryant.

Along with good luck, black eye peas are associated with new beginnings and wisdom.

One must eat 365 black-eyed peas for the greatest chance of having good luck every day of the year.

These dishes are sometimes enjoyed with a side dish of cornbread.

Its golden color is believed to bring you riches.

A non-food related tradition to bring in good luck is having a man be the first guest into your home on New Year’s Day.

“I keep my doors locked until I look out there. If it’s anybody other than a man you can’t get in,” says Bryant.

But after the tough year we’ve experienced in 2020 some are relying on faith instead of luck for 2021.

“That’s what I rely on. That’s why I said when I knew better growing up, I wasn’t paying that black eye peas and collard greens, but collard greens are my favorite,” says Bryant

Happy New Year to all.

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