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Old 03-19-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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I am a student at the University of Southern Mississippi. I am doing a map project on cultural diversity of holiday traditions in America. I want to know what dishes are most common, particularly for New Years Day, in your State. For instance, in South Mississippi we eat black-eyed peas for luck and cabbage for money. Also any other traditions are useful. Any information will be helpful.
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Kris Kelley
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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In Alabama, you don't just eat black-eyed peas for luck. You're also supposed to cook a silver dollar in the pot with the peas.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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In Kentucky we eat black eyed peas and cabbage or greens as well. Well, at least I do.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:28 AM
 
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In Alabama, you don't just eat black-eyed peas for luck. You're also supposed to cook a silver dollar in the pot with the peas.
I've never heard of that!
Mostly I've heard that you eat black-eye peas (representing coin) and greens (representing folding money!). Greens - could be cabbage, turnip, or mustard greens. As long as they're green!
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:23 AM
 
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In NJ i havent heard of any traditional New Year Day food--but NJ is very diverse, so you may get different nationalities to chime in. as an italian, we eat lentil soup for good luck.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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In NJ i havent heard of any traditional New Year Day food--but NJ is very diverse, so you may get different nationalities to chime in. as an italian, we eat lentil soup for good luck.
Neither have I. Champagne at midnight is the only tradition I know.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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In South Side of Chicago (very Irish area), most of the children stay up till midnight. When the ball drops they all run out in front of thier homes in their pajamas with their party favors and hot chocolate with marshmallows. It usually doesn't last long because its usually Freeeezing and snowy-- Im pretty sure this is a tradition, it was in a few neighborhoods anyway..
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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no New Year's Day food traditions in our house. Usually just whatever food we agree on for dinner that day!
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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I am a student at the University of Southern Mississippi. I am doing a map project on cultural diversity of holiday traditions in America. I want to know what dishes are most common, particularly for New Years Day, in your State. For instance, in South Mississippi we eat black-eyed peas for luck and cabbage for money. Also any other traditions are useful. Any information will be helpful.
Thank you,
Kris Kelley
In Texas, black-eyed peas on New Years Day are DEFINITELY a tradtion. So far as the greens go, it varies. Cabbage is most common, at least in my experience, but turnip are very popular too. And of course, you have to have cornbread!

Great project, KH, and keep us informed as to your findings!
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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My husband's family was from Ohio and they have a tradition of eating porch with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes and I was told when I married him it was for good luck through the year. Well from the year we were married and for many years we did this. His mom would even call some years and make sure we ate that. We after enough years of not so good luck I decided to change it up. We now have prime rib. I can buy it cheap that time of year. Now I cannot say our luck is a lot different with the change, but we enjoy the prime rib. So to MIL.
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