Happy New Years! I hope that so far you have had an amazing time! Do you have any traditions that you follow to bring you good things in the coming year? One of my favorite things to research is different traditions and the reasoning behind them.
One tradition common in the U.S. is that each person at the meal should leave three peas on their plate to ensure that the New Year will be filled with luck, fortune and romance.
Symbolizing prosperity, Black-eyed peas, popular in the South, represent pennies, while cabbage or leafy greens signify paper currency, and corn signifies gold.
In the South, it’s traditional to serve black-eyed peas with leftover Christmas ham or a ham hock and cornbread dipped in honey as the first meal on January 1st. Apparently the key is to eat the peas, no matter what, and absolutely they must be the first thing you ingest after midnight.
“Auld Lang Syne” is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland.
A Quick trip around the world in traditions:
- In Germany, ead is considered to be auspicious. They pour molten lead into cold water and the shape that is taken after, predicts the future. Heart shapes symbolize marriage whereas round shapes denote good luck; anchor shapes tell that you need help however a cross signifies someone’s sad demise.
- The Spanish ritual on New Year’s eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
- Austrians find good luck charm in Suckling pigs. They serve it on the dinner table with edible pigs and the peppermint ice creams are served as desserts for fortune.
- In Puerto Rico, people throw buckets of water out of their window and also clean their homes properly. This they believe will clean the odds of the last year as well as get the spirits out of the home.
- The English custom for welcoming New Year is full of hospitality and warmth. They believe that the first guest for the year would bring fortune for them.
- Brazilians believe that lentils signify wealth and prosperity. So they serve food items made up of the legume like soup or rice on the New Year.
- In the Netherlands, bonfires are burnt of the Christmas trees on the New Year eve, on streets, by the Dutch. This purges out the old and greets the new.
- Americans believe kissing during midnight as the year approaches, is an auspicious gesture that purifies everything that is evil.
- In Romania, the Bear Dance is a common custom to ring in the New Year. People wear masks of bears which are considered to be the iconic animal of the forest in Romania to participate in the dance. This is believed to scare away all that is evil.
- 8 unpeeled red potatoes (quartered)
- 1 large can of green beans not drained
- 1 can black eyed peas (drained)
- 1 can sweet corn (drained)
- 2 packages of kielbasa sausage (skinless)
- Head of cabbage (shredded)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 4 chicken bouillon cubes
- Put your potatoes in slow cooker first add enough water to cover them.
- Add the the whole can of green beans, and then the rest of the ingredients.
- Season with some pepper and creole seasoning.
- Cook on high 5 hours.
- Spoon ½ cup cooked white rice into bowls, and then pour slop over top to serve.
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