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Friday, January 4, 2013
Guest Post and Giveaway from authors Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy
Bayou Heat is set in the swamps of Louisiana that is steeped in local lore and tradition. One of those traditions is eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s day.
In the south people eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day in the hope of bringing prosperity. There are some who assume the tradition began in the Civil War, but the idea of eating black-eyed peas for good luck at Rosh Hashana is recorded back to the Babylonian Talmud. It was when the first Sephardi Jews arrived in Georgia that the tradition was adopted by non-Jews.
Of course, it could be that during the Civil War when Sherman stripped the countryside of crops, there was nothing left to eat but ‘field peas’ that the practice truly spread throughout the south.
Today, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for the New Year has evolved into a number of variations and embellishments of the luck and prosperity theme including:
• Served with greens (collards, mustard or turnip greens, which varies regionally), the peas represent coins and the greens represent paper money.
• Cornbread represents gold.
• For the best chance of luck every day in the year ahead, one must eat at least 365 black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.
• Black-eyed peas eaten with stewed tomatoes represent wealth and health
• Adding a shiny penny or dime to the pot just before serving is another tradition practiced by some. When served, the person whose bowl contains the penny or dime receives the best luck for the New Year, unless of course, the recipient swallows the coin, which would be a rather unlucky way to start off the year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM LAURA AND ALEXANDRA
Tell us how you celebrate your New Year’s Day for a chance to win a book of your choice from Laura’s MOTV and Alexandra’s Guardians of Eternity.
Author of the Bestselling Mark of the Vampire series, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.
Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.
Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.
In case you missed it, Alexandra is giving away winner's choice of one Guardians of Eternity book and Laura is giving away winner's choice of one Mark of the Vampire book. Both books will go to one winner. This is open internationally. Winner will be announced on January 12th. Read our giveaway policy before entering.
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