Fête Fanatic: Black -eyed Peas Parfaits Tradition has it that Black-eyed peas are served on New Years Day as a symbol of good luck. In some Southern traditions, a dime is buried among the black-eyed peas before serving. If you find the dime in your serving you will have good luck throughout the year.
A Pennsylvania Dutch tradition says that it's good luck to eat pork for the new year because pigs forage forward for their food and don't look back. ** "the only" way to celebrate New Year's in my area
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