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6:59 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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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.

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