Pine Belt residents eat black-eyed peas for luck

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Each year, countless people, especially here in the south, eat black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year's day for good luck. And plenty of folks in the Pine Belt were doing just that today, including regular patrons of "The End Zone" club in the Hub City.

People there were treated to an annual free meal of black-eyed peas, cabbage, corned beef, rice and cornbread.

"It's been told to me that the black-eyed peas bring luck, cabbage brings you money. It's all good," said Ken Murray, a patron of the club.

"This just gives everybody a fresh start on the first of the year, it really brings good luck," said Joshua Gatlin, a cook at the club.

"Last year, I think I ate some and it was a pretty good year," said Gatlin.

Some say the tradition of eating black-eyed peas and cabbage dates back to the Civil War.

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