Happy New Year 2017, Southern Superstition Customs

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Potranco Realty 492107

Happy New Year 2017 Y'all


I wrote a blog several years ago about southern customs serving black-eye-peas and cabbage or collard greens for the new year day meal to bring good luck and prosperity to those who believe.






Southerners are very superstitious if they don't eat black-eye-peas on New Year's Day?


Tradition has it that the custom came about during the Civil War when the Union troops stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock. Northerners considered fields of corn and peas only suitable for livestock and did not steal or destroy the crops.


Southerners discovered if they added pork or ham to the black-eye-peas it added flavor and they would also serve collard greens. Today many of serve cabbage, mustard greens or turnip greens to symbolize money and the peas symbolize prosperity since they swell when cooked.

If you're looking for prosperity and good fortune for the new year with a big bang try a bowl or spoon-full of black eye peas, a helping of cabbage or collard greens and join the many superstitious thousand believers like thousands like myself.


Happy New Year 2017

Comments (14)

Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Bob, Happy New Year. I learned something about the black eyed peas. I like them and especially served with fried cabbage. My friend likes to hide a dime in the black eyed peas and the one that finds the dime has incredibly good luck for the year. 

Jan 01, 2017 05:38 AM
Potranco Realty

Hi Debbie Reynolds I have not heard of hiding the dime but that sounds like a fun tradition to start with friend or family during a New Year meal. Happy New Year

Jan 01, 2017 06:15 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Bob Ratliff 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2017!

Jan 01, 2017 05:49 AM
Potranco Realty

Happy New Year Lisa Von Domek wishing you a healthy, safe, wealthy and fun new year.

Jan 01, 2017 06:16 AM
Marnie Matarese
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

Southern traditions are like comfort food and my grandmother always served the black eyed peas.  Wishing you a very happy 2017!

Jan 01, 2017 05:58 AM
Potranco Realty

I love comfort food Marnie Matarese and your grandmother probably made the best comfort food, mine sure did. Happy New Year

Jan 01, 2017 06:17 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Happy New Year, Bob Ratliff and I have enjoyed Poppycock with ham on numerous occasions.

Jan 01, 2017 06:00 AM
Potranco Realty

Howdy Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 Poppycock isn't for my taste buds....lol

Happy New Year.....

Jan 01, 2017 06:19 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have not heard of that tradition and I believe my Dad is considered a southerner, as he grew up in Tennessee.

Jan 01, 2017 06:12 AM
Potranco Realty

Hi Brian England your father probably knows of the tradition if he is from Tennessee. This custom originated from the slave days during the war. Happy New Year

Jan 01, 2017 06:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Happy new year to you, Bob. While not a Southerner, I've lived here long enough to know about this tradition... and long enough not to indulge in it!  Here's wishing all the best that life can offer in 2017.

Jan 01, 2017 10:21 AM
Potranco Realty

Happy New Year Nina Hollander hope you had a wonderful 2016 and here is wishing you great health, wealth and happiness for 2017.

Jan 01, 2017 11:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good to hear from you again.  And we wish you a very wonderful 2017.  Glad we don't have that tradition neither one of us would eat that, (yes we have tried it) again! LOL A

Jan 01, 2017 02:01 PM
Potranco Realty

Hello Ron and Alexandra Seigel it's kind of ironic that I would post the tradition for New Year since Jim and I also did not have this meal today. I'm not superstitious and don't care for them either....

Jan 01, 2017 02:29 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am having blackeyed peas, cornbread, and collard greens today. The only thing I leave out from what my Mother did was the hog jowls.

Jan 01, 2017 02:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I just heard about the southern Black Eyed Pea tradition a couple of days ago.  I was going to cook up a pot of them today, along with some corn bread.  But alas, my family came home for dinner last night, and there are so many left-overs in the house, I can justify cooking up something else right now!

Jan 01, 2017 04:35 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Bob Ratliff Thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family as well!  

I will eat blackyed peas to succeed in 2017.

Jan 01, 2017 05:40 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Bob, I love black eyed peas and my Mom made them yesterday. I should have too but, made ham instead. Have a wonderful 2017!

Jan 02, 2017 05:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Chef Dolores created a new recipe for our black eyed peas this year. Luck will certainly follow.

Jan 03, 2017 05:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob Happy New Year and this sounds delish, BTW Hungarians have a Lentil Soup thing.. going on New Years and I have been making them for well lets just say longer than I have know Diane:)) Wishing you a superb 2017,  Endre

Jan 03, 2017 11:09 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

New Year's Day sent me scurrying To the grocery store for my black eye day peas. It's  a dollar in your pocket for every black eyed pea you eat

Jan 31, 2017 07:18 AM