posted on January 2, 2020 by Peggy Doviak

Ask Peggy Why We Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day?

Especially if you live in the south, black-eyed peas are always part of the meal on January 1st. We eat them for prosperity in the coming year. The origins of eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s is somewhat unclear. However, we know the practice goes back as far as 500 A.D. when they were served as part of the meal for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

More recently one legend holds that during the American Civil War, the peas were deemed inedible by the Union soldiers and therefore were not stolen. The southerners considered themselves lucky to have the food. A second story explains that black-eyed peas were a symbol of emancipation for the slaves who were officially freed on New Year’s Day in 1863.

In any case, Hoppin John, the peas mixed with pork, onions, and tomatoes (for health) is served over rice as a tasty southern requirement for New Year’s dinner. I like to buy the soaked black-eyed peas because it cuts down on the cooking time significantly. You can find recipes online or on the side of the tub of peas, themselves.

The New Year’s side dishes are meaningful, too. Greens and cornbread represent wealth—greens for money and cornbread for gold. Even though I’m not a big fan of greens, you better believe I’ll be eating some on New Year’s Day! I’m not taking any chances with my prosperity in 2020, and neither should you!

Peggy Doviak

Peggy Doviak

When Peggy Doviak’s mother got taken to the cleaners by an unscrupulous stock broker, Peggy got mad. She was so angry that she changed careers from corporate training to financial planning because she wanted to ensure that what happened to her mother never happened to anyone else. She has been committed to putting her clients first through a fiduciary relationship from the first day, not even knowing then that her position was optional and unpopular to many so-called financial advisers. But she’s learned a lot. She earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner designation and went on to earn a Master’s in Finance with an emphasis in Financial Analysis even though she already had a Ph.D. in education. Active in her profession, Peggy works with financial literacy organizations, hosts a Knowledge Circle for the Financial Planning Association, writes a column for the Journal of Financial Planning, and is a member of the Women in Finance (WIN) Initiative of the CFP Board. She is a consumer advocate for fair financial practices both locally and nationally through her membership on the Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee of FPA, and she enjoys meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC. However, perhaps Peggy’s greatest shaping of the profession has come through staying in education. She has taught literally thousands of financial advisers in classes covering advanced certifications, the preparatory curriculum for the CFP exam, and master’s level courses in financial planning. Although Peggy Doviak can’t keep every consumer safe, she keeps trying.

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