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Per popular folklore, eating specific foods on the first day of the new year is said to bring good luck and good fortune throughout the year. This meal typically includes pork, collard greens, cornbread, and black-eyed peas, but why?

Well, cornbread is said to represent gold, pork prosperity, collard greens good fortune, and black-eyed peas growing wealth. Pork is considered a sign of prosperity in some cultures because pigs root forward. Greens resemble money, and specifically folding bills. Peas symbolize coins, and some say because they grow as they soak and cook, they represent growing wealth. Here’s hoping 2021 brings prosperity, fortune, and wealth to us all!