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Dec 30, 2012 7:53 PM by Erin Steuber

Tips and Traditions for New Year's

2012 is almost over and millions of people are preparing to ring in the new year. New Year's brings a fresh start, football, food, drinks and another reason to celebrate with family and friends. Tomorrow, LSU will play Clemson in the Chik-Fil-a-Bowl, millions will enjoy a glass of champagne and across Acadiana families will be eating black eyed peas and cabbage.

"Every year, you know, it's tradition for people to get these different items and have them at their house and, you know make sure the New Years' tradition stays alive," said Jeffrey Pannell, a Manager at Rouses.

Black eyed peas, cabbage, even corn bread, have a special place on the table for New Year's, a tradition that dates back to the Civil War.

"We like being at home watching the ball game and having that cabbage, and corn bread, and black eyed peas on the stove," said Sylvia Oats.

The peas represent coins, ensuring wealth and luck. The cabbage, being green, represents money and brings prosperity. And to some, the corn bread represents gold, and completes the southern New Year's menu.

"Black eyed peas, cabbage, rice pudding, I'm just ready to eat," said Kimberly McCoy.

When the clock strikes midnight millions will toast with a glass of champagne. When opening the bottle, always make sure to point the cork away from your face, and other people. Put a towel over the bottle top, and hold the cork, so you can control it.

And aside from luck, and champagne, what are people looking forward to most in 2013?

"New opportunities, new beginnings, just spending more time with family and friends," said Jessica Miller. "I just approach each new year with hope, and I'm just looking forward to it whatever it brings."

And just a reminder, if you're planning making fireworks a part of your celebration it is illegal in Lafayette city limits, but if your in unincorporated area you can only shoot the fireworks until 1AM on New Year's. And an adult, over the age of 18, must be present.

So remember to stay safe, and enjoy the new year.

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