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Readers Respond: Tell Us About Your New Year's Day Food Traditions

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From the article: New Year's Day Dinner
What are your family's New Year's Day food traditions, and why? Lucky black-eyed peas? Cabbage or slaw? Greens and cornbread? Is rice on the menu? Tell us about it!

New Years Tradition

I am from Georgia and growing up we have ALWAYS ate black eye peas, collards or turnips, cornbread dressing and thinly fried coenbread. I still keep the tradition going with my family.
—Guest Deana S

My new years eats

Pork tenderloin - kimchi - black eyed peas - house fruit salad - pineapple upside down cake. Oh yeah good stuff!
—Guest Sam

New Year's Day meal

I lived in VA and my husband lived in PA. Even though we live in NY now, we eat ham steak, made w/ Michael's very own special sauce, mashed potatoes covered w/ saurkraut, black eyed beans and greens (collards, spinach, etc). We also enjoy corn bread w/ that. However, on New Year's Eve we eat shrimp.
—Guest Marti

New Years Day Food Traditions

Mashed potatoes, pork, blackeyed peas, cabbage and corn bread for health, wealth and happiness in the new year. Never heard of eating rice at all.
—Guest Anne


Kattlynn, I was raised in the south by southern parents (NC, SC and AL) and black eyed peas and rice were a staple. It's called hoppin'johns when cooked together with spices - check any southern recipe book. All I can say is you have missed out on some wonderful southern cooking if you weren't raised on black eyed peas and rice!!:) Happy New Year !
—Guest belinda614

new orleans tradition

this was my mother in-law Marie's meal for New Year black eye peas for luck cabbage for money pork roast for love
—Guest aj

Southern New Year Dinner

I grew up in the South and now live in New York. But the one time of the year I bring back Southern Tradition is New Years Day. We always have Black Eye peas, Collards, Chicken N Dressing, and Cornbread. Who can't use a little good luck and little Money!
—Guest Melinda

southern food traditions

I love my aunt's southern cooking especially when I go up 2 Georgia she always cooks 4 me n my cousins n we love it!!!
—Guest kimmy barber

New Year's Day Meal

I have always prepared black-eyed peas with ham hock, Greens(myself i like mustard greens with swiss chard, craklin bread(corn-bread), rice of course...it's my traditional soul food dinner
—Guest Tony B

New Year's Day

It is a custom here in the Philippines to celebrate it together with your family. At New Year's Eve, our family had banana cake (which I baked), baked potato, wine, bake lasagna, sweet ham, fruit salad.

Grandma's German New Years

My Grandma insisted on a traditional German-style New Years' Dinner consisting of sauerkraut and roasted pork loin or goose. There was a little ditty she would tell about what each item was for: she said the pig and the goose both "snoot forward into the future." You must serve something that grows above the ground, something that grows below the ground and I can't remember the rest of it, and wonder if anyone else ever heard this? I don't remember what else she served aside from mashed or boiled potatoes. For my own traditional New Years, I prefer Southern-style: Honey-baked ham, collards, turnip or mustard greens with bacon bits and onions, black-eyed peas, corn bread, and sweet potato pie. YUMMMMMM! It doesn't get any better than this! Cheers.
—Guest Terri T.

New Year's Day Dinner

Our southern family's traditional New Years Day Dinner consists of Cabbage, ham, onions and potatoes simmered all day. Then a side of black eyed peas and corn bread.
—Guest Roberta

New Year's tradition

I am from Allentown,Pa and back there on New Year's Day you have Pork and sauerkraut.....
—Guest Beverly Cornell

my family tradition

we have cornbread, black eyed peas, salt pork, macroni, and cabbage.
—Guest polly

Old Year's Day and New Year's

It is traditional for Trinidadians to prepare the Black Eyed Peas and Rice with salt meat cook up on Old Year's night to consume before midnight. It is said that the preparation of peas in a home brings wealth and comfort for the family. The warm-up of the cook up on New Year's morning is even better tasting than the freshly cooked pot.
—Guest Gisele


I have lived in Tn all my life and I have never heard of anyone eating Rice on New years or with Blackeye peas. I do eat Cabbage in place of greens cause I don't like greens. Peas are for good luck, Ham is health, greens is for money, or so I have been told.

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