Many East Tennesseans started off 2013 with a traditional meal.
Chandler's Deli on Magnolia Avenue served up pots of black-eyed peas and collard greens throughout the day.
According to tradition, eating black-eyed peas is believed to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year, while collard-greens bring in money.
Customer Larry Rupert told 10News he has been eating the traditional New Year's Day meal for 55 years, but he skips the peas.
"Well, I like them but I'd rather have the dollars than the cents," said Rupert.
In the South, the black-eyed peas and greens are traditionally served along with ham and cornbread on New Year's Day.