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Eating collard greens on New Year's Day is a tradition that began in the South and spread far and wide for its prosperity superstitions. We are a region of long held superstitions. We paint our porch ceilings light blue to stave off the "haints." We hang mirrors outside our garden and save old wine, sparkling water, and even Bud Platinum bottles to put on dead tree branches for the same reason. We won't invite 13 guests to dinner nor will we leave a rocking chair without ceasing its motion to ward off illness and misfortune.
Why you ask? Cooked collard greens, with their green color resembling money, signified more prosperity for the New Year, while black-eyed peas also symbolized good luck! Greens are said to represent green “folding money,” and by eating it, you open yourself up to prosperity in the New Year. Oh and the same is believed true of cornbread; its golden color might just bring gold into your New Year, traditions says.
So remember to search for the greenest and freshest greens you can find - cook them low and slow - and start early in the day - ‘cause greens can’t be fixed in thirty minutes!
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