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New Year, Old Traditions

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 01 2013 03:17:20 PM CST
BRISTOL, Va. -

January 1 brings in the New Year, along with old traditions.

"Growing up my Grandmother is a southern woman and we always had black-eyed peas and sardines we did have cabbage," said Nicole Clough.

"I was required to eat black eyed peas as a child, I didn't have a choice," said Mr. Clough.

We called around to several restaurants in the Tri-Cities and were only able to find one that was offering the lucky meal.

"We've been getting a lot of calls wondering what time we are open and if we are serving beans and cabbage and of course we are," said Angie Royston, Manager of Golden Corral.

Royston told me they have request for it every year and some come in just to eat that.

"One year we didn't do it, haha, we don't want that to happen again," said Royston.

As we talked with those eating it, we found out each dish represented luck or prosperity for the coming year. What we found most interesting was the story that one Gentleman told us about black-eyed peas.

"When slaves were escaping they would often carry black eyed pea seeds under their tongue to plant them for the new year so they would have food for the upcoming year," said Mr. Clough.

We learned traditionally collard greens and cabbage are to represent wealth and black-eyed peas are to bring good luck.

A few other food items people traditionally eat for luck is corn bread, pork, fish, sauerkraut and rice.