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New Year’s Traditions


It’s almost January 1st; can you believe it? 2018 is an opportunity for a fresh start, and if you’re superstitious at all, some traditions can set your year on the right path.

In many Spanish-speaking countries, they eat twelve grapes at midnight, one for each stroke of midnight. Depending on the country, this could be to ward off evil, welcome prosperity, or bring good luck. In other places, people smooch at midnight to prevent a year of loneliness.

Here in the South? Well, it’s probably no surprise that our traditions are food-based. Every year, many Southerners (Paula included!) make a New Year’s Day meal out of hog jowl, black-eyed peas, greens, and hoppin’ John! The hog jowl represents both good health and good fortune. Black-eyed peas are said to represent pennies and greens are said to represent dollars, which add up to more wealth over time. And hoppin’ John is said to bring good luck! With good health, good luck, and good fortune, we’re sure to cover all of our bases on New Year’s Day!

Do y’all have any New Year’s Day traditions? Share with us in the comments section, so we can join in the fun!

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