In the South it was believed that by eating a dish of black-eyed peas and hog jowls on New Year's Day it would bring good luck. They also believed that any food that swelled when it cook (black-eyed peas) ensured prosperity If you ate collard greens you would gain greenbacks.
A feast of sauerkraut is what the Pennsylvania Dutch believed brought good health throughout the year. And German descendants believe that by swallowing herring at midnight on New Year's Eve brought good fortune in the coming year.
Latin Americans believed to eat 12 grapes at midnight would be lucky and ensure a fruitful year.
Do any of you know the reasoning behind these New Year's beliefs? Or know of any others? How could this be used in a mystery?
Perhaps a poison is injected into a grape or sprinkled into one portion of collard greens.
There are so many opportunities to come up with good scenarios for mysteries.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!