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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION:

THAT WHEN I'M BLUE

I'LL THINK OF YOU,

'TWILL GIVE THE WORLD

A ROSY HUE}

Where learned: VERSE FROM HIS POSTCARD COLLECTION ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP. ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU PEEL AN ORANGE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AND FINISH PEELING AT
THE STROKE OF TWELVE AND THE ORANGE PEEL HASN'T BROKEN ONCE,
GOOD LUCK WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. YOU MUST WISH
WHILE YOU ARE PEELING--THESE WISHES WILL COME TRUE IF THE PEEL
DOESN'T BREAK.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND HER FAMILY STILL
PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

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SUPERSTITION

THROW FOOD AT THE CEILING AND IF IT STICKS IT WILL BE A
PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: HANK LEARNED THIS FROM HIS GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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FOOD BELIEF

TO INSURE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR, ONE SHOULD EAT
PORK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND HER FAMILY STILL
PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-02-1963

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NEW YEAR'S SUPERSTITION

YOU MUST HAVE PORK FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S DAY DINNER.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD GERMAN SUPERSTITION IS TRADITIONAL IN MY UNCLE'S FAMILY.
ACCORDING TO HIM: "PORK WAS SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND
FORTUNE, AND THIS WAS BASED ON AN OLD RURAL BELIEF THAT MOST
FARM ANIMALS WANDERED AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, WHILE THE HOGS ALWAYS
ROOTED TOWARDS THE HOUSE." HE ADDED WITH A SMILE, "MY MOTHER
WASN'T SUPERSTITIOUS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD PORK FOR NEW YEAR'S."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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IF THERE IS A FLY IN YOUR HOUSE ON JANUARY THE FIRST
YOU WILL HAVE A YEAR OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD IN NORTH DAKOTA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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IF A MAN IS THE FIRST VISITOR IN YOUR HOUSE AFTER THE
FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR, THIS IS A SIGN THAT YOU WILL
HAVE A PROSPEROUS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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A CUSTOM OR RATHER SUPERSTITION STILL FOLLOWED BY
SOME UKRAINIAN-AMERICANS TODAY STATES THAT IF A
SINGLE GIRL FALLS ON THE ICE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, SHE
WILL BE MARRIED. IF AN OLD MAN FALLS ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY (SLIPPING ON THE ICE) THEN HE WILL DIE IN
THAT SAME YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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STARTING THE NEW YEAR

ON THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LET THE FIRST
DARK PERSON THAT YOU KNOW COME THROUGH THE DOOR FIRST
WHILE HE CARRIES A PIECE OF BLACK CHARCOAL (IF NOT MALE THEN
HAVE A FEMALE DO IT).
SO THAT YOU MAY HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HIS LATE ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HIS
HOME TOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER, ON NEW YEAR'S EVE GOES OUT THE BACK DOOR
AT 11:59 AND SLOWLY WALKS TO THE FRONT DOOR AND WALKS IN AT 12:01
SIGNIFYING THE END OF THE OLD YEAR AND THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW
YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve

Date learned: 11-22-1974

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CUSTOM

TO BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR, YOU MUST KISS SOMEONE
EXACTLY ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ELIZABETH ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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SMALL CHANGE FOR GOOD LUCK.

AN OLD MALTESE CUSTOM SAYS, PUT SMALL CHANGE ON THE WINDOW SILL
BEFORE THE NEW YEAR COMES. LEAVE IT THERE UNTIL AFTER THE NEW YEAR
SO THAT YOU'LL HAVE FINANCIAL GOOD LUCK THAT YEAR.

Submitter comment: EVEN THOUGH THE INFORMANT DIDN'T BELIEVE THE WART
CURE {PREVIOUS ENTRY}, SHE SEEMED TO
BELIEVE THIS ONE, JUST BY THE WAY SHE SAID IT.
SHE GOT THIS ITEM FROM HER MALTESE HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AFTER CHRISTMAS THE BOYS WOULD VISIT HOMES DRESSED AS A DEVIL
CARRYING A PITCHFORK AND SHEPHERDS WITH A STAR. THEY WOULD SING A
FEW CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND PUT ON A SHORT FUNNY PLAY. THE PLAY
USUALLY INVOLVED THE SHEPHERDS AND DEVIL FIGHTING EACH OTHER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN POLAND FROM CHRISTMAS DAY UNTIL NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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POLISH RHYME FOR NEW YEAR'S

NA SZCZESLIE NA ZDROLWIE NA TYN NOWY ROCZEK
ZE BY NAS PAN BO G ZACHOWAL OD TYCH CZERWONYCH MRO CZIEC
ZYCZE ZYCZE I NIE PREZSTANE
ZYCZYE DO PUKI CO DOSTANE
TRANSLATION: I WISH YOU HAPPINESS AND HEALTH FOR THIS NEW YEAR
THAT GOD SHOULD PROTECT US FROM RED ANTS.
I'M WISHING, WISHING, AND I WILL NOT STOP WISHING TILL I GET
SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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ROMAN NUMERALS

A RUSSIAN AND ITALIAN CUSTOM IS TO WRITE THE YEAR IN ROMAN NUMERALS
ABOVE THE DOOR AT NEW YEAR'S. THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK IN THE FOLLOWING
YEAR

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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FOR GOOD LUCK FOR A YEAR, A GOOD LUCKING PERSON, MAN OR WOMAN
1MUST RING THE DOORBELL ON NEW YEARS EVE OR DAY.

Submitter comment: I KNOW OF MANY FAMILIES BESIDES THE LOCKHARTS WHO BELIEVE IN THIS

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD LOOKING? HANDSOME?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-01-1972

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GOOD LUCK

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, BETWEEN THE FIRST AND LAST STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, YOU

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMANT SAYS THAT EVERY NEW YEAR'S EVE SHE HAS WATCHED HER
FATHER PERFORM THIS POLISH CUSTOM.

James Callow comment: LINE OR TWO MISSING FROM THIS ITEM
CN[ STABILE, MARY 701205
C1[ 3936 THREE MILE DRIVE
C2[ DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48224
DNC[ 1,043
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-20-72

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NEW YEAR'S BELIEF

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO VISIT YOU ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IS FAIR-HAIRED THERE WILL BE MUCH TROUBLE FOR YOU THAT YEAR.

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO VISIT IS DARK-HAIRED THEN THERE WILL BE GOOD LUCK FOR THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

IN ORDER TO ENSURE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR, SAUERKRAUT AND PORK
MUST BE SERVED AT THE MAIN MEAL NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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NEW YEARS'S CUSTOM

ON NEW YEAR'S A BUNCH OF KIDS KNOCKED ON THE DOOR SHOUTING LET THE
NEW YEAR IN. RUN AROUND THE TABLE THREE TIMES SHOUTING LET THE NEW
YEAR IN AND GET MONEY ON WAY OUT - GO TO THE NEXT HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): VISITING AND GIFT-GIVING ON NEW YEAR'S.

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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