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Kicking off the New Year with the right meal

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Several people spent the first day of 2013 at Sisters of the New South enjoying some of the traditional southern fare.

The restaurant's menu features all of the southern classics, but the most popular items on New Year's Day include collard greens, black-eyed peas and pork. Some believe greens represent dollar bills, and peas are said to represent coins. Eating pork is supposed to bring good luck. Several diners say these traditions will stay in their families for years to come.

"We always had the collard greens and black-eyed peas, I guess they called it Hoppin' John and it's a good tradition and we'll carry it on until death do us part," Renetha Blackmon said.

These traditions date back to the Civil War, when Union troops destroyed the land, leaving behind only black-eyed peas and greens. Those crops were usually grown to feed livestock, but then became a staple of many southern diets, and now represent luck and prosperity for the new year.

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