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IRISH CUSTOM

ON THE FEAST OF ST. BRIGID, FEBRUARY 1ST, COUNTRY PEOPLE CUT RUSHES
AND FORM THEM INTO A CROSS--CALLED ST. BRIGID'S CROSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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ST. BRIGID'S DAY

FEBRUARY 1 IN IRELAND IS ST. BRIGID'S DAY. THAT NIGHT, THE "BIDDY
BOYS" GO ROUND FROM FARM HOUSE TO FARM HOUSE, WEARING MASKS AND
SINGING SONGS. AFTER THEIR SONGS, THEY ASK "THE WOMAN OF THE
HOUSE" FOR MONEY. ON THE FOLLOWING NIGHT AT THE LOCAL DANCE HALL,
THERE IS A BIDDY BALL, AND ALL THE GIRLS WEAR MASKS. THE LAST GIRL
TO BE IDENTIFIED IS CALLED THE BIDDY GIRL--A REAL COMPLIMENT TO HER
FEMININE VANITY. ( A COUNTY KERRY CUSTOM ONLY. )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEGGING ; MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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ON FEBRUARY 1ST, MRS. CHRISTMAN MAKES THE SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH
CORNSTARCH ON EVERY DOORWAY IN HER HOME. THIS, SHE SAID,
SYMBOLIZES THAT GOD WILL GUARD THE HOME FROM EVIL FOR THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVED IN THIS RITUAL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DALLAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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RABBIT

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH, IF A PERSON SAYS
RABBIT THE VERY FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, THE
REST OF THE MONTH WILL BE GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY DOES THIS EACH MONTH, AND HAS
BEEN DOING THIS SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE LIVED
IN CALIFORNIA WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Keyword(s): AWAKENING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 (April Fool's Day)
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 1 All Saints
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Every first of the month, say Pink Rabbits, Pink Rabbits, Pink
Rabbits and it will bring you good luck in the coming month. It
has to be the first words out of your mouth in the morning.

Where learned: HUNGARY

Subject headings: --
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 (April Fool's Day)
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100

Date learned: 00001950S

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Greeks believe that the first day of the month is good or bad,
the rest of the month will be the same way. This belief can also be
applied to the first day of the year.

Where learned: GREECE

James Callow Keyword(s): pilot day

Subject headings: --
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 (April Fool's Day)
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 1 All Saints

Date learned: 00001943CA

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