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GOOD LUCK GESTURE

WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FIRST ROBIN OF THE SEASON, LICK YOUR THUMB,
TOUCH IT TO YOUR PALM OF YOUR HAND, AND THEN POUND THAT PALM WITH
YOUR FIST FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER TIME, YOU PASS OUT A HARDBOILED EGG TO EVERYONE PRESENT
AND THEY CUT IT UP INTO AS MANY PIECES AS THERE ARE PEOPLE. THEN
THEY PASS THEM AROUND UNTIL EVERYONE HAS ONE PIECE FROM EACH PERSON.
THIS IS SO THAT YOU WILL STAY CLOSE TO ALL THESE PEOPLE DURING
THE ENSUING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SLOVAK CUSTOM THAT THE INFORMANTS FAMILY DOES PRACTICE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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EASTER CUSTOM

ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER, THE MEN WOULD TAKE A TONIC BOTTLE FILLED
WITH WATER AND SQUIRT THE WOMAN HE LIKED WITH THE WATER. WOMEN DID
THE SAME TO THE MEN ON TUESDAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM WHOSE ORIGIN IS UNKNOWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS STILL ITALIAN SASTU BREAD. IT COMES
IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND SOMETIMES IS ALSO MADE WITH EGGS SET INTO
THE DOUGH. IT WAS ALSO GIVEN AS A GIFT AFTER THE PEOPLE HAD HAD IT
BLESSED AT THE CHURCH ON GOOD FRIDAY OR HOLY SATURDAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ON EASTER, THEY SERVE WHOLE ROASTED BALRY LAMB AND MANICOTTI WITH
TOMATO SAUCE. EVERY HOLIDAY HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL MEAL, BUT THEY ALL
END UP WITH EXPRESSO COFFEE AND FRUIT AND NUT MIX.

Submitter comment: REALLY ENJOYS TALKING ABOUT ITALIAN COOKING.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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GOOD FRIDAY (CATHOLIC)

WE KEPT A COMPLETELY MEATLESS DAY. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT ANY
PRODUCT THAT WAS DERIVED FROM AN ANIMAL OR FOWL. THIS ELIMINATED THE
USE OF EGGS, MILK AND LARD. WE ATE COOKED WHEAT FOR BREAKFAST. THE
REST OF THE DAY WAS REGULATED BY LENTEN OBSERVANCES; 1/4 OF YOUR
REGULAR LUNCH AND A FULL MEAL AT EVENING. THESE CONSISTED OF BOILED
POTATOES, NO BUTTER, AND IN THOSE DAYS THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS
MARGARINE OR EGG OR MILK SUSTITUTES, TOMATOES, FRUIT, AND BOILED
SOUP BEANS. WE WERE ALSO NOT ALLOWED TO TALK FROM 12 NOON UNTIL
3 P.M..

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS FAMILY PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM IN MAGADORE, OHIO; AND SHE

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT ISIDORE (APRIL 22)

THE FARMERS BROUGHT THEIR SEEDS AND SOILS INTO THE CHURCH AND THEY
WERE BLESSED WITH A SPECIAL RITUAL FOR A GOOD CROP.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SPANISH CUSTOM THAT HAS SPREAD TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND IS
PRACTICED TO SOME DEGREE IN MAGADORE, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PLANTING CUSTOM

CUCUMBERS WERE PLANTED ON THE LONGEST DAY, JUNE 21, TO INSURE GOOD,
LONG PICKLES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PLANTING SUPERSTITION

DO NOT PLANT ANYTHING IN THE SIGN OF THE POSEY, OR ALL THAT YOU WILL
GET ARE BLOSSOMS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN BELIEF. DID NOT EXPLAIN THE SIGN OF THE POSEY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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THE SALISH INDIANS BECAME FERVENT CATHOLICS. EVERY YEAR ON GOOD
FRIDAY THEY HAD A RELIGIOUS PROCESSION. IT WOUND THROUGH THE WHOLE
TOWN. THEY ALWAYS DRESSED IN THEIR NATIVE COSTUMES AND DANCED AND
SANG. SOME OF THE MEN CARRIED HUGE HEAVY CROSSES. THEY ALSO CARRIED
A WOODEN VERSION OF THE PIETA. AT MY AGE THEN, IT WAS THE ONLY
"GOOD" THING ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Adoration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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GERMAN SPRING CUSTOM

IN MANY VILLAGES IN GERMANY AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING A STRAW MAN
REPRESENTING WINTER IS BURNED AND PEOPLE DANCE AROUND IT. ONE
PERSON IS DRESSED UP TO REPRESENT SPRING.

Submitter comment: SHE DID THIS IN A YOUNG PEOPLE'S CLUB IN GERMANY. IT WAS ORIGINALLY
DONE IN GERMAN VILLAGES.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 02-07-1967

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BELIEF

THE MALTESE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU HAVE YOUR
HOUSE BLESSED AT EASTERTIME BY A
CLERGYMAN THIS WILL WARD OFF
THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-06-1972

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BLESSING OF THE FLEET

IT IS CUSTOMARY IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE MEN MAKE THEIR
LIVING THROUGH SHIPS TO HAVE A BLESSING OF THE FLEET, FOR THE PAST
EIGHT YEARS, THIS CEREMONY HAS BEEN HELD IN DETROIT. IT IS HELD AT
THE DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM, BELLE ISLE EVERY SPRING IN MARCH.
THE CEREMONY CONSISTS MAINLY OF AN INVOCATION TO GOD TO ASK FOR THE
SAFETY OF THE VESSELS AND THE MEN THAT SAIL THEM FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Data entry tech comment: PROGRAM IS ATTACHED TO ORIGINAL 5 BY 7 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: NOT ENTERED

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FEAST OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI

THE FEAST OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI WAS CELEBRATED IN JUNE. ALL THE
CHILDREN WOULD HUNT THROUGH THE WOODS, ALONG ROADSIDES AND TRACKS AND
PASTURES OR ANYWHERE TO GATHER WILD FLOWERS INTO SMALL BASKETS.
THEN, THE MORNING OF THE FEAST DAY THE GIRLS WORE WHITE DRESSES AND
THE BOYS WORE WHITE PANTS, AND THE BLESSED SACRAMENT WAS PARADED
FROM THE CHURCH TO THREE SMALL CHAPELS NEAR THE CHURCH AND BACK TO
THE CHURCH AGAIN. THE SCHOOL CHILDREN DRESSED IN WHITE STREWED
FLOWERS IN THE PATH OF THE PROCESSION. THE NIGHT BEFORE, THE OLDER
BOYS ALSO HAD PLANTED SMALL TREES LINING ON EACH SIDE OF THE WALK
ALONG THE WAY.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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MARCH 21-JUNE 20, SPECIAL OR FESTIVE MEALS

ON THE CHINESE NEW YEAR AN OFFERING OF FOOD IS MADE TO THE GODS.
THE FAMILY'S DINNER IS PLACED OUTSIDE THE HOUSE WITH BURNING
INCENSE. AFTER THE FOOD STAYS OUT FOR A WHILE, IT IS BROUGHT
IN THE HOUSE AND EATEN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY PARTAKES IN THIS RITUAL EVERY NEW YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

AMONG THE CHINESE THE NEW YEAR APPARENTLY OCCURS BETWEEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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MARCH 21- JUNE 20, COLOR, LUCK

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR, THE CHILDREN RECEIVE RED
ENVELOPES WITH MONEY IN THEM. THE COLOR RED IS CONSIDERED TO BE
LUCKY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS COLLECTED RED ENVELOPES ON THE CHINESE NEW YEAR
EVER SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-04-1971

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DURING NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, YOU PUT TWO
GOOD LUCK SAYINGS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE
DOOR. BOTH SAYINGS MUST BE SYMMETRICAL (5 WORDS EACH
FOR EXAMPLE) AND COMPOSED BY YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

PROBABLY A CHINESE CUSTOM

Where learned: Informant's office

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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BREAKING OF BREAD

DURING CHRISTMAS, BEFORE DINNER, THE FAMILIES GATHER TOGETHER AND
EACH MEMBER HAS A PIECE OF "ANGEL BREAD" (UNLEAVENED BREAD).
THEN EACH MEMBER BREAKS A PIECE OFF EACH OF THE OTHER MEMBER'S PIECE
OF "ANGEL BREAD" WHILE WISHING THEM THE BEST OF EVERYTHING FOR THAT
SEASON, FOLLOWED BY A KISS OR A HAND SHAKE. AFTER EVERYONE HAS
EXCHANGED, THE PIECES ARE EATEN.

Submitter comment:

IF A MEMBER IS OUT OF TOWN, THE OUT OF TOWNER SENDS A PIECE
OF "ANGEL BREAD" IN A GREETING CARD TO THE FAMILY FOR EXCHANGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL TO LEAVE COOKIES AND MILK
FOR SANTA CLAUS, AND CARROTS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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POLISH CUSTOM

THERE IS A POLISH CUSTOM WHERE THEY HAVE A CHRISTMAS WAFER AND FOR
EASTER A HARD BOILED EGG. ANYONE WHO TAKES A BITE OF YOUR EGG OR
WAFER WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER AND IT IS PRACTICED IN THEIR HOME
STILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 02-24-1970

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