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A RAINY WEDDING DAY
MAKES THE SKIES OF MARRIAGE GRAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SARANAC

Subject headings: 860 Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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CUSTOM

THE BRIDEGROOM IS GIVEN A WHITE CLOTH BY HIS MOTHER WHICH THE
BRIDE IS TO LAY ON WHEN THE MARRIAGE IS CONSUMMATED. THEN IT
IS TO BE GIVEN TO HIS MOTHER TO PROVE HER SON MARRIED A VIRGIN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A SYRIAN FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYMEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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NOT GIVEN

MY BROTHER ONCE TOLD ME THAT A YOUNG COUPLE WAS PARKED ON AN OPEN
FIELD NEAR JACKSON, MICHIGAN. THEY HEARD OVER THE RADIO THAT A
CONVICT HAD ESCAPED FROM THE STATE PRISON AND THAT HE COULD BE
IDENTIFIED BY A HOOK IN PLACE OF AN ARM. AT THAT POINT THE COUPLE
LEFT AND WHEN THE YOUNG MAN GOT OUT OF HIS CAR TO TAKE HIS DATE
TO HER DOOR, HE FOUND A HOOK ATTACHED TO HIS CAR-DOORKNOB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BRIDAL CUSTOM

ALL THE RIBBONS FROM PACKAGES AT A BRIDAL SHOWER SHOULD BE SAVED.
YOU SHOULD THEN TAKE A PAPER PLATE, CUT A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE AND
PLACE THE RIBBONS SO THE BOWS ARE ON THE TOP AND THE STREAMERS
ARE HANGING THROUGH THE HOLE. THIS BOUQUET SHOULD THEN BE USED AS
THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET DURING THE WEDDING REHEARSAL.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS ENGAGED, THIS WAS ONE OF THE MANY CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS
TOLD TO ME BY FRIENDS. THERE WERE SO MANY THAT I DON'T REMEMBER
WHO TOLD ME WHICH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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SLOVAK EASTER CUSTOM

ON MONDAY AFTER EASTER SUNDAY, THE YOUNG, SINGLE MEN WENT OUT TO
SEE HIS FAVORITE GIRL AND POURED PERFUMED WATER
ON HER HEAD AND SHE USED IT TO WASH HER
 FACE .
BUT THE BOYS WHO HAD NO GIRL IN PARTICULAR WENT INTO HOMES, DRAGGED
THE YOUNG LADY OUT TO THE WELL, AND DOUSED HER GOOD. THE MORE
POPULAR THE YOUNG LADY IS, THE MORE MEN CAME, AND OF COURSE THE
PARENTS WERE VERY HAPPY THAT THEIR DAUGHTER IS SO POPULAR AND HAD
MANY WOULD-BE SUITERS.
WHEN THE BOYS WATERED THE GIRLS, THE GIRL'S PARENTS INVITED THE BOYS
INTO THEIR HOME AND OFFERED THEM GOODIES AND DRINKS; SLIVOVIC (A PLUM
LIQUOR), KOLBASI, HAM, ETC.
ON EASTER TUESDAY, THE YOUNG LADIES TRIED TO RETURN THE WATER
SPLASHING ON THE YOUNG MEN.
THE EASTER HOLIDAY LASTED THREE DAYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; REVENGE ; SUITORS ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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POLISH EASTERTIDE CUSTOM

IN POLAND, ON THE FIRST DAY AFTER EASTER, POLISH BOYS ARE ALLOWED
TO SPRINKLE OR SQUIRT WATER AT ANY GIRL IN THEIR VILLAGE. PARENTS OF
THESE POLISH GIRLS EVEN ALLOW THE BOYS TO COME INTO THEIR HOMES AND
EVEN GO INTO THE BEDROOM OF THE GIRL TO SQUIRT HER WITH WATER.
THE WATER THAT THE BOYS USE MUST BE CLEAN AND NOT DIRTY. POLISH BOYS
MAY ALSO USE PERFUMES INSTEAD OF WATER. THIS CERTAIN DAY AFTER
EASTER IS CALLED "DYNGUS" DAY. BOYS REALLY RELISH THEIR OPPORTUNITY
TO CHASE GIRLS TO GET THEM WET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

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DYNGUS DAY

ACCORDING TO OLD POLISH CUSTOM, ON EASTER MONDAY, ALL YOUNG POLISH
BOYS ARE ALLOWED TO TEASE GIRLS AND SWITCH THEM LIGHTLY WITH A
BRANCH OR TWIG ETC. THIS IS A SIGN OF SPRING AND A YOUNG BOY
BECOMING INTERESTED IN GIRLS.

Submitter comment:

IT IS A CUSTOM IN INFORMANT'S FAMILY ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

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AFTER-EASTER CUSTOM

DYNGUS DAY (SWITCH DAY)--ON EASTER MONDAY, BOYS IN CERTAIN POLISH
VILLAGES WILL SWITCH GIRLS THEY LIKE ON THE LEGS WITH A WILLOW
BRANCH, AND THEN WILL POUR A LITTLE WATER ON THEIR LEGS TO TEASE
THEM; SORT OF A COUNTERPART TO OUR SADIE HAWKINS DAY.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; RITUAL WHIPPING ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

AT THE BRIDAL DANCE YOU WOULD COME UP AND PUT MONEY IN THE HAT FOR
THE NEW COUPLE. THIS THEN EARNED YOU THE RIGHT TO DANCE WITH THE
BRIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT THE INFORMANT PICKED UP AT A WEDDING.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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INDEX OF 7-INCH REEL OF THAI FESTIVALS AND CUSTOMS

FLOATING WATER LILY FESTIVAL, THAI NEW YEAR CELEBRATION (APRIL 13)
BURPING AFTER MEALS IN NORTHERN THAILAND
THAI HARVEST FESTIVAL (ONE-SART)
RAINING SEASON FESTIVAL (BUDDHIST LENT,
ACTUALLY MORE LIKE MARDI GRAS)
EATING HABITS IN THAILAND, CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,
WEDDINGS, AND FUNERALS IN THAILAND

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 13
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F646
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001960S

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

INVENTORY OF TAPE;NIGERIAN FUNERALS,NAMING CEREMONY, WEDDINGS,
CARE OF TEETH, PARTIES FOR I6-AND 2!-YEAR-OLDS,CONFIRMATION
EATING CUSTOMS, BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES OF NIGERIANS BACK FROM ABROAD,
CELEBRATION OF APRIL FOOLS BEFORE NOON

Where learned: NIGERIA ; POSSIBLY SOMETHING ABOUT IRELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

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IN BELGIUM, ON MAY 1, PEOPLE GO OUT TO LOOK FOR LILLIES-OF-THE-
VALLEY. THEY WOULD THEN MAKE THEM INTO A BOUQUET AND GIVE IT
TO A LOVED ONE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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SAINT GEORGE DAY

ON SAINT GEORGE DAY, MAY 6TH, SWINGS ARE MADE ON LARGE NUT TREE
(OAK) LIMBS. YOUNG GIRLS MOUNT THESE SWINGS AND ARE SWUNG, EVER
HIGHER UNTIL THE GIRL REVEALS WHO HER SWEETHEART IS.

Submitter comment: SINCE THIS FESTIVAL OCCURS IN THE SPRING, THE INFORMANT THINKS THIS
FESTIVAL IS CONNECTED WITH PAGAN FERTILITY PRACTICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 23
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 6
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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TWIRP WEEK

TWIRP WEEK IS AN ANNUAL EVENT AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIV. THE GIRLS
REVERSE ROLES WITH THE BOYS AND ARE ALLOWED TO ASK ANY BOY FOR A
DATE PROVIDING SHE PICKS HIM UP, PAYS ALL EXPENSES AND ESCORTS HIM
HOME. A SPECIAL WEEK OF EVENT IS SCHEDULED CLIMAXED BY A SADIE
HAWKINS DANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SATURNALIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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SCOTCH CUSTOM

DURING THE HARVEST TWO LARGE BONFIRES ARE BUILT. IF AN
UNMARRIED MAN AND WOMAN CAN JUMP OVER TOGETHER, WITHOUT GETTING
BURNED, THEY WILL BE MARRIED BEFORE THE NEXT HARVEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED

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(FARTING)

IF A GIRL IS ON A DATE AND IS TRAVELING IN A CAR, AND HAS TO FART,
SHE ASKS HER DATE TO STOP THE CAR. SHE GETS OUT OF THE CAR. WHEN
SHE COMES BACK SHE SAYS SHE THOUGHT THE CAR HAD A FLAT TIRE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO DID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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POPROUINI

POPROUINI IS A TYPE OF FOOD THAT THE POLACKS HAVE THE DAY
AFTER THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT POPROUINI CONSISTED OF, HOWEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): POLISH ; POPROVINI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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AN ITALIAN DISH

PIZZA FRITTI - HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE CALL PIZZA.
CONSIDERED A REAL TREAT THAT SHOWED THE HOSTESS WENT THROUGH A LOT
OF BOTHER TO PREPARE THEM.
USED AT CHRISTENINGS, HOLIDAYS, PARTIES, BUT MOST IMPORTANT TO BE
SERVED AT WEDDINGS.
MADE FROM FLOUR, YEAST, THE WATER THAT ROSEMARY LEAVES HAD BEEN
BOILED IN AND SET ALL NIGHT WITH LEAVES STRAINED OUT, SALT, AND
ANISE SEED. IT IS A SOUR DOUGH THAT RISES LIKE BREAD. IT IS PULLED
LIKE TAFFY (AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IT DOESN'T BREAK) AND PULLED
INTO LONG "ROPES" . IT IS COILED INTO DEEP FAT IN A FRYING PAN, AND
DEEP FRIED UNTIL BROWN LIKE DOUGHNUTS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, DEPENDING UPON HOW A GIRL WEARS HER FLOWER,
SIGNALS THE DEGREE OF HER AVAILABILITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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NOT ENTERED

ON MOTHER,S SIDE, ALL VIRGINS WHOSE NAME BEGAN WITH A "C" MARRIED
A MAN WHOSE NAME ALSO BEGAN WITH A "C".

Submitter comment: FOR FIVE GENERATIONS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD 201

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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