In many Southern communities, Watch Night Services will take place in many churches. It’s a tradition that goes back to 1862, when enslaved Africans in South Carolina prayed and stayed awake to enjoy their first day of freedom – January 1, 1863 or Freedom’s Eve – in a divided United States. Today, some churches will hold services into the New Year while others will begin and end a service early, so that members can get home to entertain or be entertained.
Vintage is all the rage in home decor, fashion, and even photo shoot styling. Vintage furniture adds a rustically unique element to any occasion but only if it is executed properly. Ariene Bethea, founder of Charlotte-based Dress
AfroChica – the style of connecting black America with the spirit of Africa. This style was not only reflective in fashion, but was very much inclusive in home decor. In many homes of Black America,
As a descendant of Black farmers and landowners, I have a special place in my heart for supporting Black farmers. One way to support black farmers is becoming one or advocating for them. I have
Spring in the South means it is time to get ready for the entertaining season. One aspect of entertaining see we all need in order no matter if you are a hostess or a guest
Looking for a unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your family and friends? Why not add a trip to the Lowcountry by way of Charleston, SC to celebrate Watch Night. This New Year’s
One of my favorite holidays to celebrate is Juneteenth. This year I decided to host a Lowcountry Juneteenth in my home with a few of my favorite Juneteeth foods and Lowcountry style. If you are
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Looking for a unique way to celebrate Watch Night or New Year’s Eve? Why not try out this classic Gullah Watch Night menu for a heritage food-inspired Freedom’s Eve dinner. Full of Gullah staples such
Emancipation Proclamation Association of Charleston announces the 160th Emancipation Proclamation Annual Parade
Looking for a unique experience for New Year’s Day full of history and heritage? Add Charleston, SC to your list and head to the Emancipation Proclamation Annual Parade. Organized by the Emancipation Proclamation Association of
Instead of creating a full-course meal to bring in the New Year, take a slight break and have a few items catered. Enjoyed more time creating your vision board, taking down Christmas decorations, and organizing
Our Food Historian Robin Caldwell describes,
Adhering to the many food traditions and customs is an artful act in our homes. It’s as important not to eat some foods on New Year’s Eve as what to eat that day. If you eat fowl or anything that can fly, your good luck can fly away before the New Year. Also, you don’t want to eat anything that can move fast backwards like lobster, crab and shrimp, unless of course you want your good fortune to be left behind. But you can eat fish on New Year’s Eve. There is the belief that since black-eyed peas swell, eating them will cause your bank account to swell in the New Year. Greens such as collards represent dollars and when served with cornbread even more luck will follow. Rice is also considered a good luck food and Hoppin’ John is a favored tradition in the lowcountry.