Blackeyed peas and collard greens are a Southern United States tradition on New Year’s Day. These are said to bring prosperity in the New Year. The blackeyed peas represent coins and the collard greens represent money. Many Southerners eat cornbread alongside these dishes, representing gold. For best luck, you should eat at least 365 peas, one for every day of the year.
Hoppin’ John is another popular New Year’s dish, made with blackeyed peas, rice, and smoked ham.
Happy New Year!