Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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North Aiken students dance The Nutcracker'
f North Aiken Elementary School music students took the stage before the hoSday break for one of their most ambitious projects ever - “The Nutcracker Suite" 13A
Remember to donate blood this year
> Holiday weekends meat increased demand for blood, and Shepeard CXxnmunity Blood Centers are workng to keep local hospitals well stocked for the new year 12A
Johnston Mildred Sales.
Katie Scott Aiken
Deaths and Funerals 16A
Line your pockets this New Year
Local restaurants serve up Southern tradition of peas, collard greens
World rings in 2011
By SUZANNE R. STONE
Many Arenites are bringing in the New Year in classic Southern style with a meal of black-eyed peas, hitter greens and cornbread, hoppin’ john, I lain hocks, macaroni and cheese, or some combination of those dishes.
“You always eat black-eyed peas because it brings you cents, and greens because it brings you dollars,” said Keith Herron, chef Ct Maxine’s Restaurant on Laurens Street.
“ fhat’s why we’ve always dom: ii.”
Auien’s Restaurant is offering black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread for a New Year’s Day meal special along w uh the regular menu, though the owners plan to close the restaurant early Saturday. *
“We’ve always had that tra-ditum in our family," said coowner Sharon Aliter ’People have been asking u* about it, or seeing the sign and saying, ‘Good, that means I don’t have to cook it at home ’” Some sources list the origins of the traditional meal as
African-American, combining the celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation with New Year’s Eve and Day observances in special Watch Night sen ices, and with the African-American soul food way. Charleston specialty benne waters aa* also sometimes included w ith the New Year’s menu as symbolic of coms to come during the new year.
Other sources trace the tradition to the Talmudic call for black-eyed peas and spinach at Rosh I lashanah, the Jew ish New Year, for good luck.
Another theory holds that during the Civil War, field peas were w hat w as left to eat in the South after Sherman’s MW) decimated stores of crops and livestock, and the New Year’s tradition originated there.
Please see TRADITION, page 10A
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Submitted photos Many people celebrate the New Year by dining on black-eyed peas and collard greens.
‘ You always eat black-eyed peas because it brings ;
you cents, and greens because it * | brings you ; dollars, ” |
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The sky above the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city center lights up at midnight during the fireworks display to celebrate the New Year s Day in Sydney, Australia.
Millions gather worldwide to ring in New Year
By CIARAN GILES
MADRID — Dazzling fireworks lit up Australia's Sydney Harbor, communist Vietnam held a rare, VV otem-style countdown to the new year, and Japanese rev elers released balloons carry mg notes w uh people’s hope* and dreams as the world ushered in 2011.
In Europe, Greeks. Irish and Spaniards planned to party through the night to help put a year of economic woe behind them.
And in New York, nearly a million New Year* Eve revelers crammed into l imes Square to watch the midnight hail drop, just days alter the city got clobbered by a blizzard
People gathered rn Madi id’s Puerta del Sol square in a chilly drizzle to take part in “Las I vas,” or “The Grapes,” a tradition in which people eat a grape for each of the 12 chimes of midnight, after which they drink and spray each other with sparkling cava wine Chewing and swallowing the
grapes in time is supposed to bring good luck, I heating, on the other hand, is frowned tm and can bring misfortune.
2(110 was a grim year for the I uropean Union, w ith Greece and Ireland needing bailouts and countries such as Spam and Portugal finding themselves in financial trouble as well.
"Before, we used to go out, celebrate rn a restaurant, but the last two years we have had to slay at home," said Madrid florist Ernest ma Blanco, 4k. Slie said her husband, a construction worker, is oui of work.
In Greece, thousands spent the last day of 2010 standing in line at tax office* to pay their road tax or sign up for tax amnesty. “We can sec dial the quality of life is being degraded every day. What can I say? I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Giorgos Karont/os of Athens
New Zealanders and South Pacific island nations were among the first to celebrate at midnight In New Zealand’s
Please see NEW YEAR, page IGA
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