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IF IT THUNDERS IN FEBRUARY, THEN THERE WILL BE FROST IN MAY.

Submitter comment: THIS FORCAST WAS TOLD BY MRS. HAMPTON WHO SAYS THAT THIS IS VERY
TRUE. HER MOTHER ORIGINALLY TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P0200
BELIEF -- P0500
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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WE CELEBRATE A HOLIDAY IN GERMANY CALLED "FAST NACH." IT IS LIKE
HALLOWEEN ONLY IS IS CELEBRATED IN FEBRUARY. ALL THE CHILDREN
AND ADULTS DRESS UP IN COSTUMES AND HAVE A PARADE TO CHASE AWAY
THE GHOSTS. WE CAN NOT EAT MEAT ON THIS DAY, SO WE EAT DONUTS
INSTEAD. THIS IS DONE IN MOST SMALL TOWNS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; CARNIVAL ; FASTNACHT

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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BRAZILIAN HOLIDAY

"CARNIVAL DAY" IN BRAZIL IS LIKE OUR HALLOWEEN.
KIDS AND ADULTS PARTICIPATE BY PAINTING EACH OTHER'S
FACES DURING THE DAY AND PLAYING TRICKS OR PRANKS.
AT NIGHT THERE ARE PARTIES TO ATTEND. THIS HOLIDAY
TAKES PLACE EVERY THIRD SATURDAY IN THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

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In Peru summer begins in January and goes until March.
January is also the beginning of Lent, which begins
the Carnival that lasts the entire summer. During the
Carnival there is throwing of water balloons and sometimes
eggs. It is really quite dangerous to go out walking during
this time, unless you would like to get attacked by water
balloons.

Where learned: Peru

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Lent

Date learned: 0001970S

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THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT'S DAY, IF YOU HEAR ENOUGH PEOPLE
YELL OUT "HOOT-E-WHO" SPRING WILL COME EARLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 02-20-1990

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It is tradition in a German community to collect the Christmas
trees. There was one location in which people took their trees to
build one huge pile. Later, a toy witch was placed on top of the
pile and at a celebration at the beginning of February the pile of
trees was set on fire. The burning of the Christmas trees
symbolized the burning out of winter along with evil symbolized by
the witch. The Germans celebrated with music and dancing by the
large fire. You could see from the upper balcony of the apartment
building the fires of the other communities.

Where learned: WEST GERMANY ; Neu Ulm

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 01-00-1986

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ONE SHOULD NEVER HAVE HIS HAIR CUT IN FEBRUARY; IT BRINGS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 03-22-1969

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THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD SAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH IS,
"RABBIT, RABBIT." SHOULD YOU FORGET, THEN THE LAST THING
BEFORE YOU GO TO BED (IT MUST BE BEFORE MIDNIGHT) YOU SHOULD
SAY IT BACKWARD, "TIBBAR, TIBBAR." YOUR LUCK WOULD NOT BE
AS GOOD BY SAYING IT AT NIGHT, BUT NOT AS BAD AS IF YOU
DIDN'T SAY IT AT ALL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 06-22-1972

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MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO BELIEVE THAT ANY TIME THAT IT GOT WARM
BETWEEN THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER AND MARCH, IT WAS A SIGN THAT
IT WAS GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-29-1970

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ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE BUTCHERED UNLESS THE WEATHER IS VERY
COLD AND THERE IS A CRESCENT MOON (USUALLY IN FEBRUARY).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF IT THUNDERS IN FEBRUARY, THERE'LL BE FROST IN MAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHEN IT THUNDERS IN FEBRUARY, THERE WILL BE A COLD SPELL IN MAY
AT THAT SAME TIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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IF YOU HAVE PULLED YOUR TEETH DURING THE MONTHS OF FEBRUARY
AND MARCH THEY WILL BLEED EXCESSIVELY. THE REASON FOR
FEBRUARY AND MARCH IS BECAUSE THE (moon) SIGN IS SUPPOSEDLY
IN THE HEAD.

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Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ASTROLOGY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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