Why do some southerners eat black-eyed peas, hog jowls and greens on New Year’s Day?

I’m from Alabama…but I’ve never eaten these for New Years. Never cared for black-eyed peas or hog jowls, but give me a mess of greens and cornbread, anyday! While I’ve been in Japan, I do eat Osechi every New Years. What do you eat for New Years? Share in the comments, below.

English: Ham hock and black-eyed peas
English: Ham hock and black-eyed peas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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