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THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MARRIAGE ENGAGEMENT SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED
THE DAY AFTER BOTH DREAM OF THEIR MARRIAGE. THIS
BRINGS GOOD LUCK AND SUCCESS TO THE FUTURE MARRIAGE.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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UKRAINIAN WEDDING RECEPTION EVENT

FOLLOWING THE MEAL AT THE RECEPTION, A RELATIVE OF THE
BRIDE, USUALLY AN AUNT OR HER GODMOTHER, SITS WITH A PLATE
ON HER LAP. THE GUESTS WISHING TO DANCE WITH THE BRIDE, TRY
TO BREAK THE PLATE BY THROWING A COIN AT IT. IF THEY BREAK
THE PLATE THEY CAN DANCE WITH THE BRIDE. IF THE PLATE DOES
NOT BREAK, THEY CAN TRY AGAIN. EACH BROKEN PLATE MEANS
GOOD LUCK FOR THE BRIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS CEREMONY TOOK PLACE WHEN MY MOTHER WAS MARRIED IN
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK IN 1939.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00001950S

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FRENCH CANADIAN

THE FIRST TIME ANYONE SEES A BABY, THEY SHOULD KISS
IT ON THE FOREHEAD TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND GOOD
HEALTH TO THE CHILD FOR THE REST OF ITS LIFE.

Submitter comment: A FRENCH-CANADIAN LADY DID THIS TO MY BROTHER AND THEN
TOLD MY MOTHER WHY SHE HAD DONE THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Forehead
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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IF YOU WERE BORN ON A FRIDAY, YOU WILL HAVE A LIFE
OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- NOT SURE
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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A CHILD BORN WITH A "CZEPEK" (FILM ON INFANT'S HEAD)
IS ALWAYS LUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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EATING THE FIRST SLICE OF YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK AND MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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INDIAN

IF AN INDIAN SEES A COFFIN GOING IN THE OPPOSITE
DIRECTION HE IS HEADED, THIS IS GOOD LUCK.
BAD LUCK FOLLOWS IF THE COFFIN IS FOLLOWING IN THE
SAME DIRECTION AS THE VIEWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK WHEN A BABY CRIES WHEN HE IS BEING
BAPTISED. IN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CHILDREN ARE BAPTISED
AS INFANTS. IF THEY DON'T CRY WHEN THE HOLY WATER IS
SPRINKLED ON THEM (ON HEAD) WHOEVER IS HOLDING BABY SHOULD
PINCH HIM JUST A LITTLE BIT.

Submitter comment: KNOWN ALL MY LIFE FROM PRESBYTERIANS IN LOUISVILLE,

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

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IT IS GOOD LUCK IF YOUR INITIALS SPELL A WORD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 04-02-1971

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FOR THE BRIDE TO PUT A SIX PENCE IN THE TOE OF HER SHOE
DURING THE CEREMONY WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO HER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; SCOTTSVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Penny in shoe
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-12-1973

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THE BRIDE PUTS A PENNY IN HER SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Penny in shoe
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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THE BRIDE CARRIES "SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE" FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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IF THE BRIDE CRIES ON HER WEDDING DAY SHE WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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THE BRIDE SHOULD HAVE ON HER PERSON "SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE" FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 860 Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING, THE BRIDEGROOM SHOULD
MOVE THE ENGAGEMENT RING FROM THE BRIDE'S LEFT HAND RING
FINGER TO HER RIGHT HAND RING FINGER. THIS WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK TO THE COUPLE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Before wedding
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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ON YOUR WEDDING NIGHT PUT A FLOWER ON THE PILLOW FOR GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage First night, honeymoon, and day after wedding
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TO HAVE GOOD LUCK WITH A GIRL WEAR A ROSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

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