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MARRIAGE PREDICTION

TWIST THE STEM OF AN APPLE WHILE RECITING THE ALPHABET--SAYING
ONE LETTER FOR EACH TWIST. THE LETTER ON WHICH THE STEM BREAKS
WILL BE THE FIRST LETTER OF THE NAME OF THE MAN YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: IOWA ; ESTHERVILLE

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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IF A SINGLE GIRL TAKES A TWIG FROM A CHERRY TREE
DURING THE WINTER TIME AND BRINGS IT IN THE HOUSE AND
PUTS IT IN A GLASS OF WATER TO BLOOM, SHE WILL KNOW
IF SHE WILL MARRY WITHIN A YEAR. IF THE TWIG GIVES
A BLOSSOM SHE WILL, IF IT DOESN'T, SHE WON'T.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 02-11-1972

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EVE OF JUNE 24

ON THE EVE OF THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST,
UKRAINIAN VILLAGE GIRLS WEAVE WREATHS. THEY TAKE THEM
DOWN TO THE RIVER, CREEK OR ALEK CLOSEBY, PUT LIGHTED
CANDLES IN THEM AND PLACE THEM ON THE WATER. IF THE
WREATH SINKS WITH THE CANDLES LIGHTED, MISFORTUNE
WILL BEFALL HER.
THE BOYS FROM THE AREA GATHER ON THE OPPOSITE SHORE,
OR COME OUT IN BOATS TO GATHER THE WREATHS. THE
GIRL WHOSE WREATH HE PICKS UP WILL BE HIS FUTURE
WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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TO FIND OUT THE INITIAL OF THE PERSON YOU WILL MARRY
PEEL AN APPLE CONTINUOUSLY AND COMPLETELY AND
THROW THE PEEL OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER , MAKING A
WISH. THE PEELING WILL FALL IN THE SHAPE OF THE INITIAL
OF THE PERSON YOU WILL MARRY.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME, WHO
IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF IT RAINS AND THE SUN SHINES AT THE SAME TIME, IT MEANS
THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE WITH A FRYING PAN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers

Date learned: 06-24-1970

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SLEEP WITH MISTLETOE UNDER YOUR PILLOW AND YOU SHALL DREAM
ABOUT THE PERSON YOU ARE TO MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers

Date learned: 06-24-1970

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