Old Traditions Ring In The New Year

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By Amanda Wade

Some Greenville restaurants are serving up what some people call old southern tradition, with tables full of people eating special foods on the first day of the new year to make sure 2014 will be full of good fortune.

Greenville Shoney's owner, Eric Ashford, says, "They say when you eat the greens and you eat the black eyed peas, it's supposed to bring you good luck for the whole year, and prosperity for the whole year."

And that promise of fortune keeps people, like Morris Acreman, eating the lucky foods, "I've just always been used to eating it. And they say it's supposed to bring you good luck. I hope it does! (laughs) I'm going to need it!"
 
With Greenville's Walmart produce sales up nearly 15% from New Year's Eve last year alone, and store shelves bare after shoppers rush to get the leafy greens, it looks like there might be prosperity for the whole city, "Produce is, I mean, just be booming. Everything, I mean collard greens, I mean folks are still coming in asking for the greens, and the black eyed peas," says Evon Bedgood, a Walmart employee.
 
And with the promise of a great year, some community members are making resolutions to help others, grow in their faith, graduate high school, and stay healthy. 
 

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