where i found it: virginia
It’s not New Years Day in the South unless you have some pig meat, black eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, greens and cornbread. Though there’s some debate about subtleties of the symbolism, there seems to be general agreement that the pig symbolizes eating a lot (having plenty of nourishment in the coming year), black eyed peas stand for good luck (this dates back to ancient Egypt, but more recently Southerners considered themselves lucky to be left with black eyed peas – a not well respected food - after Sherman stomped their ass and burned their land), stewed tomatoes bring health, and the greens and cornbread portend wealth (green and gold, respectively). Plus it tastes outstanding and helps with a hangover.
|the money and the luck|