Ringing in the New Year With Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens
Y’all, if you are southern you have probably heard of this tradition: eating black eyed peas and collard greens on New Years. My northern, and Caribbean, ass had not until last year.
Let me rewind and explain what I’ve learned from research. (Also, if you are southern and/or practice this tradition feel free to correct me so we can help others.) While our ancestors were enslaved, we were given the scraps of a master’s meal to survive. From this we learned to survive and also use it to benefit our spiritual needs. Some of the scraps we were given were black eyed peas and collard greens. In southern tradition, the black eyed peas represent coins and the collard greens represent paper money. “Eat poor on New Year’s, and eat the fat the rest of the year,” is a phrase commonly associated with this ritual. By practicing this tradition, you are casting a spell for great wealth and fortune to enter your life for the year. Stay blessed, y’all.