Black-eyed Peas and New Year’s Day
The word superstition means “an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome” (superstition). The world is full of superstitions, some silly, some complex, and some just that doesn’t make any sense. The one superstition that I want to talk about is that it is considered good luck to eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day.
This superstition started back in November of 1864, during the Civil War. Christy Annis from the website peasforprosperity.com explains the complete background:
Known as Sherman’s March to the Sea or the Savannah Campaign, General William T. Sherman of the North and his troops marched from the captured City of Atlanta towards the Port of Savannah. Sherman ordered his troops to strip the land of all food, crops, and livestock and to destroy anything they couldn’t carry away. The troops followed their leaders’ orders. The surviving Southerners were left with nothing, except, Black-eyed Peas (Annis).
Along with Black-eyed peas for good luck, the rest of the meal includes Collard Greens which represents money, cornbread which represents gold, and pork to include ham, chitterlings, or New Year’s souse. It’s a superstition that is actually international more and more people starting every year. Some families even add a shiny nickel to the pot just before serving. I’ve been doing it for 14 years and after doing it this long, it’s more of a tradition rather than a superstition. above for complete formatting guidelines.