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CUSTOM

FIRST FOOTING - NEW YEAR IN ENGLAND FIRST PERSON TO ENTER HOUSE
AFTER MIDNIGHT SUPPOSED TO HAVE GIFT FOR HOUSE - MEANS GOOD
LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

HANSEL MONDAY - FIRST MONDAY OF THE NEW YEAR IN IRELAND.
ADULTS GIVE A GIFT OF MONEY TO CHILDREN AND DO NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING
IN RETURN. GOOD LUCK TO GIVE AND RECEIVE.

Submitter comment:

NORWEGIAN ORIGIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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WHAT A PERSON IS DOING WHEN THE NEW YEAR FIRST STARTS,
IS WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment:

EXAMPLE: IF YOU'RE WASHING CLOTHES WHEN IT STARTS YOU'LL BE
WASHING CLOTHES THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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MOST PEOPLE SAY WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO, AND NOT DO, FOR A NEW
YEAR'S RESOLUTION. THIS HAPPENS THE FIRST PART OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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HANG THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD WITH THE THREE WISE MEN IN IT OVER
THE DOOR EACH CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM/LUCK

THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER THE HOUSE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY MUST BE
HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS, SO THAT THE FAMILY'S GOOD LUCK WILL BE
INSURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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ADVENT CANDLES

ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN DECEMBER, THE SWISS MAKE A HOLLY WREATH WITH
FOUR CANDLES. EACH SUNDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS THEY READ PART OF THE
CHRISTMAS STORY FROM THE BIBLE AND LIGHT ANOTHER CANDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 645 645.2
686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 11-04-1972

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SALT

WHEN YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOME, DON'T BRING YOUR SALT WITH YOU, YOU'LL
BE BRINGING YOUR TROUBLES ALONG WITH IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A STAR FALL, SAY THE WORD 'MONEY' THREE TIMES.
BEFORE THE STAR HITS THE GROUND AND YOU WILL COME INTO CONTACT
WITH SOME MONEY, OR YOU WILL WIN IT.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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STAR BELIEF

YOU SHOULD WISH ON THE FIRST STAR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NIAGARA FALLS

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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STAR BELIEF

MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE AT NIGHT.
SAYING, 'STAR BRIGHT, STAR LIGHT, THE FIRST STAR THAT I SEE TONIGHT
I WISH IT MAY, I WISH IT MIGHT, I WISH MY WISH COMES TRUE TONIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Use of Object P860.642

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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ECLIPSE BELIEF

A WOMAN WHO KISSES THE FIRST BOY SHE SEES AFTER AN ECLIPSE
WILL GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: 46O
686 686.1
BELIEF -- P87O
SPEECH -- S6OO

Date learned: 03-06-1972

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STORM BELIEF

TO EXPLAIN A STORM; THERE ARE 3 DRAGONS IN HEAVEN. THE FATHER
MOTHER, AND THE BABY. THE BABY GOT LOST. THUNDER IS THE FATHER
CALLING TO HIM AND THE RAIN IS THE TEARS FROM THE MOTHER
CRYING FOR HER LOST SON.

Submitter comment:

FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 46O
686 686.1
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

CUT A CUCUMBER AND RUB THE SMALL END AGAINST THE LARGE END.
THE BITTERNESS GOES INTO THE SMALL END, WHICH YOU HAVE TO
THROW AWAY BECAUSE IT GETS A FROTH ON IT. THIS ONLY HAS
TO BE DONE TO THE ONES PICKED AT THE FIRST OF THE SEASON.
BECAUSE THESE ARE USUALLY GREEN AND PICKED TOO EARLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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TREE BELIEF

IF A TREE DOES NOT BEAR FRUIT, FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE:
GO OUT IN YOUR GARDEN ONE NIGHT, PREFERABLY IN A FULL MOON
AND CARRY A SHARP KNIFE WITH YOU. TAKE THE KNIFE
AND STRIKE THE
TREE THREE TIMES. AFTER EACH CHOP, REPEAT THE WORDS, TREE
BEAR FRUIT, WITH A STERN VOICE. THE NEXT YEAR ON THAT SAME DAY,
THE TREE WILL BEGIN TO BEAR FRUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT?

Subject headings: 686 686.1
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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PLANT LORE

IF YOU STEAL A ROSE THAT HAS THREE LEAVES GROWING ON ONE
STEM BELOW THE FLOWER, YOU CAN PLANT IT AND IT WILL GROW.

Submitter comment:

ROSE CUTTINGS ARE HARD TO TRANSPLANT.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-01-1970

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HOCKEY SUPERSTITION

HOCKEY GOALIES ALWAYS PUT THEIR LEFT LEG PAD ON FIRST
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): SEQUENCE

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.580

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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GOLF BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE THREE BAD HOLES, PUT A FENCE ON YOUR SCOREBOARD
FOR GOOD LUCK.

James Callow comment:

FENCE= ZIG-ZAG LINES ON EDGE OF SCORE BOX

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 686.1

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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BASEBALL BELIEF

PITCHERS NEVER CROSS THE FIRST OR THIRD BASE LINE BECAUSE IT
MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-07-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IT IS BELIEVED BAD LUCK IN BASEBALL TO STRIKE OUT THE FIRST
BATTER YOU FACE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD THIS, BUT DID NOT PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- P888 P888.2

Date learned: 09-30-1971

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