Sarah Ledbetter

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New Year’s traditions vary around the world.  Many ring in the New Year with fireworks, or by watching the ball drop at the strike of midnight in Times Square.  And then there’s the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Perhaps you do all of the above or something entirely different. 

Here, in the Mid-South, people believe that if they have black-eyed peas and greens, they will be prosperous in the year ahead.  But where did this tradition come from?  Listen now to go on a journey with Sarah Ledbetter to discover the roots of this rich tradition.