Southern Tradition

A meal of black eye peas and greens is quite common around Grant and elsewhere in the South. It’s just the thing to do on New Year's Day in the hopes of good luck in the new year.

Peas swell when cooked and symbolize coins or wealth. Greens are the color of money and leafy vegetables fold like money. Pork is considered a sign of prosperity since pigs root forward, so adding pork to the meal is a must.And it’s said cornbread might symbolize gold, and it’s goes really well with peas and greens!

According to folklore, there really are foods to avoid on New Year’s Day. So if you’ve considered lobster you may want to note they move in a backwards motion and could mean a setback in the year ahead - and chicken? Well yeah, because they scratch backwards as well and are also winged, so your luck could fly away quickly. No need to take an unnecessary chances.

Around the world, traditions are the same but with different foods. Noodles to symbolize long life, King’s Cake where a coin is baked into one slice and the finder is blessed with luck, and even grapes in Madrid, Spain, where eating one grape at each stroke of midnight is said to bring good luck in the coming year.

While our local families shared their meals in all sorts of variations: black eye peas, mustard greens, hog jowl - pork, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes - whatever the variation, the thought behind a New Year’s Day meal is sharing good food with family and friends as we welcome the new year together.

Happy Birthday!

Jan. 1 - Danny Nguyen, Amanda Guffey & Daniel Newton.

Jan. 3 - Melissa Stubblefield 

Jan. 4 - Brenda Barnes 

Jan. 6 - Kathie Hodges 

Jan. 10 - Terisa Franks 

Jan. 11 - Pat Box 

Jan. 14 - Erin Baggett 

News from Grant Library

The library will be back to a regular schedule after the holidays. As a reminder, the library is closed on Mondays and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday & Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled for Wednesdays at 10 a.m. There are fiction and nonfiction selections for all ages. The library also lends DVD movies and audiobooks. Computers are available for patron use and a genealogy room for research needs.

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