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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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CUSTOM

THE NEW YEAR IS CELEBRATED FOR 7 DAYS IN JAPAN. DURING THIS TIME,
GREETING CALLS ARE MADE ON FAMILY FRIENDS, AND EACH ENTERTAINS THE
OTHER WITH ELABORATE AND TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR DISHES WHICH ARE ALL
PREPARED BY THE NEW YEAR AND CONTAINED IN TRADITIONAL LACQUERED
BOXES. LITTLE BOYS FLY PAINTED KITES; GIRLS PLAY BATTLEDORE AND
SHUTTLECOCK, WHILE AT SOCIAL GATHERINGS (WHERE BOYS AND GIRLS,
UNTIL THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION, PLAYED TOGETHER IN AN OTHERWISE
SEGREGATED SOCIETY) POEM CARD GAMES ARE PLAYED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT GREW UP IN JAPAN BEFORE THE END OF WORLD WAR II.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): VISITING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
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 -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 F642.101
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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ON LITTLE CHRISTMAS (JANUARY 7) WE HAVE A NICE DINNER WITH THE WHOLE
FAMILY AND RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS THE DAY THE THREE KINGS WENT TO THE
MANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: CA00001963

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This is a ritual that is used to celebrate Christmas. It is
done on January 7 after the mass at the greek orthodox
catholic church where the parish was primarily slavic. The
reception takes place with a big feast where everyone dines
together. Following the meal the alter boys walk through the
isles of the tables and spread hay down for the highest priest
at the parish to walk on. The priest then goes down the path
of hay throwing a nut mixture at the people by the handful,
each nut a person collects means something different for the
new year to come.

Submitter comment: The informant did not know what the nuts meant except a walnut
meant great prosperity, but their were also acorns and peanuts
and a few other types being tossed.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: 00-00-1900

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NEITHER THE TREE NOR THE MODEL MANGER IS TAKEN
DOWN UNTIL AFTER THE EPIPHANY.

Submitter comment: FROM OUR FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JANUARY 1ST IS THE JAPANESE NEW YEAR AND A NATIONAL HOLIDAY.
ALL HOUSE FRONTS ARE LIGHTED AND DECORATED WITH PINE TREES
(KADOMATSU) AND BAMBOO STALKS. THE DECORATIONS ARE TAKEN
DOWN ON JAN. 7. IN JAPAN, BAMBOO IS A SYMBOL OF HAPPINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JAPAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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WE HAVE NO RELIGION IN JAPAN. WE EXCHANGE GREETING CARDS
WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ON JANUARY FIRST, NEW YEAR'S
DAY. NOT TO DO SO IS IMPOLITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JAPAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): WHAT ABOUT SHINTO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IT IS A RUSSIAN CUSTOM THAT ON CHRISTMAS EVE NO MEAT OR MEAT PRODUCTS
WILL BE EATEN. ALSO, NO MILK SINCE MILK COMES FROM A COW (MEAT)
OR NO CHEESE OR GOATS MILK. THE MEAL CONSISTS OF FISH, A VARIETY
OF VEGETABLES (INCLUDING VARIOUS STYLES OF MUSHROOMS) AND BREAD
MADE ONLY OF WATER AND FLOUR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT AND HIS FAMILY STILL FOLLOW THIS CUSTOM FOR
RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS (USUALLY JANUARY 7).

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus

Date learned: 00001950S

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE RUSSIANS EAT RAW GARLIC DIPPED IN HONEY.
THE GARLIC IS TO CHASE AWAY THE BAD HEALTH AND THE HONEY IS
TO BRING ON THE GOOD HEALTH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT AND HIS FAMILY STILL FOLLOW THIS CUSTOM FOR
RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS (USUALLY JANUARY 7).

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE FIRST TWELVE DAYS OF THE YEAR TELL DAY FOR MONTH WHAT THE
YEAR WILL BE LIKE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT RAINS THE 2ND OF JANUARY,
THEN FEBRUARY WILL BE A RAINY MONTH, IF THE 3RD OF JANUARY IS
SUNNY, THEN MARCH WILL BE SUNNY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
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 -- January 8
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 9
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 10
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 11
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 12
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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