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Pine Belt residents eat New Year's meal for luck

Jimmy Hughes of Hattiesburg gets a plate of black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread at the End Zone on 4th Street. Jimmy Hughes of Hattiesburg gets a plate of black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread at the End Zone on 4th Street.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Many folks in the Pine Belt brought in the New Year by eating a traditional meal that's supposed to bring them good luck and wealth. It consists of black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread.

Some people say the peas represent coins, the cabbage represents paper money and the cornbread represents gold.

Every year, the End Zone on 4th Street serves up the meal to customers, who drop by to watch a football game or two.

"Well, it's good luck, that you'll be wealthy and have good luck for the rest of the year for 2013," said Jimmy Hughes. "It's a Delta tradition and I'm sure it's a tradition all over," he said.

The tradition is said to date back to the Civil War.

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