Bob Ratliff Blog: Happy New Year 2017, Southern Superstition Customs

Happy New Year 2017, Southern Superstition Customs

Happy New Year 2017 Y'all


I wrote a blog several years ago about southern customs serving black-eye-peas and cabbage or collard greens for the new year day meal to bring good luck and prosperity to those who believe.






Southerners are very superstitious if they don't eat black-eye-peas on New Year's Day?


Tradition has it that the custom came about during the Civil War when the Union troops stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock. Northerners considered fields of corn and peas only suitable for livestock and did not steal or destroy the crops.


Southerners discovered if they added pork or ham to the black-eye-peas it added flavor and they would also serve collard greens. Today many of serve cabbage, mustard greens or turnip greens to symbolize money and the peas symbolize prosperity since they swell when cooked.

If you're looking for prosperity and good fortune for the new year with a big bang try a bowl or spoon-full of black eye peas, a helping of cabbage or collard greens and join the many superstitious thousand believers like thousands like myself.


Happy New Year 2017


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Comment balloon 14 commentsBob Ratliff • January 01 2017 01:03PM


Hi Bob, Happy New Year. I learned something about the black eyed peas. I like them and especially served with fried cabbage. My friend likes to hide a dime in the black eyed peas and the one that finds the dime has incredibly good luck for the year. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

Good morning Bob Ratliff 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2017!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Southern traditions are like comfort food and my grandmother always served the black eyed peas.  Wishing you a very happy 2017!

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) about 3 years ago

Happy New Year, Bob Ratliff and I have enjoyed Poppycock with ham on numerous occasions.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) about 3 years ago

Hmm, I have not heard of that tradition and I believe my Dad is considered a southerner, as he grew up in Tennessee.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 3 years ago

Happy new year to you, Bob. While not a Southerner, I've lived here long enough to know about this tradition... and long enough not to indulge in it!  Here's wishing all the best that life can offer in 2017.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 3 years ago


Good to hear from you again.  And we wish you a very wonderful 2017.  Glad we don't have that tradition neither one of us would eat that, (yes we have tried it) again! LOL A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 3 years ago

I am having blackeyed peas, cornbread, and collard greens today. The only thing I leave out from what my Mother did was the hog jowls.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 3 years ago

I just heard about the southern Black Eyed Pea tradition a couple of days ago.  I was going to cook up a pot of them today, along with some corn bread.  But alas, my family came home for dinner last night, and there are so many left-overs in the house, I can justify cooking up something else right now!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

Bob Ratliff Thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family as well!  

I will eat blackyed peas to succeed in 2017.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) about 3 years ago

Bob, I love black eyed peas and my Mom made them yesterday. I should have too but, made ham instead. Have a wonderful 2017!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 3 years ago

Chef Dolores created a new recipe for our black eyed peas this year. Luck will certainly follow.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 3 years ago

Bob Happy New Year and this sounds delish, BTW Hungarians have a Lentil Soup thing.. going on New Years and I have been making them for well lets just say longer than I have know Diane:)) Wishing you a superb 2017,  Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

New Year's Day sent me scurrying To the grocery store for my black eye day peas. It's  a dollar in your pocket for every black eyed pea you eat

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 3 years ago