In the south, traditions are about as common as biscuits. We love our traditions; they shape us and they shape our state. The majority of us probably grew up with these traditions, learned them along the way, or even made a few ourselves. Here are 11 that outsiders might see as ‘strange’ but we see as completely normal.
1. Sunday Supper
Sunday supper is neither lunch nor dinner. It's a homecooked meal enjoyed with friends and family, usually after Sunday service. Gather around for that fried goodness...Sunday suppers are that one midday meal I always look forward to.
2. Taking a dip in swimming holes.
While some might say that body of water looks questionable, North Carolinians love our swimming holes. Sure, we have the Atlantic Ocean, and plenty of fresh (and freezing cold) mountain water to cool off in...but some of the best places to swim are those off the beaten path little swimming holes.
North Carolinians love a good Sunday drive. We don't necessarily need a destination - it's just fun to get in the car, blast some tunes, and drive around checking out the abundant gorgeous scenery!
4. Taking BBQ super seriously.
BBQ competitions, fighting over the best BBQ joint in the state (I see y'all in the comments) BBQ festivals, even just getting in a casual debate over Lexington v. Eastern Style...we don't play when it comes to the Q here.
5. Celebrating white squirrels.
The elusive little white squirrel calls the mountain town of Brevard home. So naturally, what do North Carolinians do? Throw this little guy his own festival! The 'white squirrel' legacy is very much alive in Brevard, and many travel to attend the festival.
6. Oyster roasts
If you're on the coast...there's no doubt you'll have an oyster roast of your own or at least attend one. There's nothing like shucking your own freshly caught oyster.
7. Building a massive fire because you won a basketball game.
It's a Duke tradition to hold a massive bonfire after they beat Carolina.
8. Or taking the streets by storm.
And when Carolina beats Duke? They overtake Franklin St. with full force. It becomes an all-out celebration riot.
9. Festivals celebrating fruit...and honestly, a wide assortment of random things.
Peaches, strawberries, watermelon, azaleas, livermush, seafood...I mean, there's basically a festival for everything in North Carolina...but one thing is for certain: we love a good time!
10. Indulging in a few superstitions
Maybe it's the ol' black eyed peas, collard greens, and ham for your New Years Day meal. Maybe never eating the last loaf of bread, or letting someone sweep under your feet. There are plenty of superstitions all throughout the state, and of course, a few we (kind of) believe in...or at least are too scared NOT to do.
11. Stayin' true to our roots.
If there's one tradition I can consistently see in North Carolina, it's an abundance of state pride. We go through a lot with our state, but deep down, we love it more than anything. We stick to our motto and never forget where we came from or the place that shaped us. We're all Tar Heels forever.
I know there are SO many traditions throughout North Carolina, and a lot of those depend on your location in the state and where you grew up. Are there any you’d like to add to the list?