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CUSTOM

ON VALENTINE'S DAY, IT IS A TRADITION OF MY FAMILY TO SEND YOUR GIRL
OR SWEETHEART, A CARD. HOWEVER, THE SENDER MUST NOT SIGN HIS NAME TO
THE CARD. IF THIS IS FOLLOWED THROUGH, TRUE LOVE WILL PREVAIL.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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18TH CENTURY CUSTOM--VALENTINE'S DAY

THE NIGHT BEFORE VALENTINES DAY A YOUNG MAIDEN SHOULD BOIL ONE EGG
IN SALT WATER AND THEN EAT THE EGG SHELL AND ALL. THAT NIGHT SHE
WILL DREAM ABOUT HER FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 13
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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PLANTING CUSTOM

SOW SEEDS IN TRAYS IN HOT BEDS ON VALENTINE'S DAY, FEBRUARY 14TH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Keyword(s): PLANTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day

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VALENTINE'S DAY

IN THE GIRLS' BOARDING SCHOOL I WENT TO, EVERY VALENTINES DAY IS
CELEBRATED BY A PARTY WHERE A SKIT, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THE
JUNIOR CLASS IS GIVEN.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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WHO SHALL I MARRY

THE FOLLOWING BIRDS, IF SEEN ON ST. VALENTINE'S DAY, INDICATE
FUTURE HUSBAND (:) A BLACKBIRD - A MAN OF ( THE ) CLERGY,
A GOLDFINCH - A MILLIONAIRE, A BLUE BIRD - POVERTY, A WRYNECK -
NO MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-27-1968

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VALENTINE'S DAY

DON'T SEW ON VALENTINE'S DAY. IF YOU DO, YOU'LL GET ST. VITIS
DANCE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD ABOUT THIS SUPERSTITION FROM SOME OF HER
POLISH FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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THREE BAY LEAVES UNDER YOUR PILLOW ON VALENTINE'S DAY, WILL MAKE
YOU DREAM OF THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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INVOCATION FOR ST. VALENTINE DAY

GOOD VALENTINE, BE KIND TO ME,
IN A DREAM LET ME MY TRUE LOVE SEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.0214
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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VALENTINE

TO LEARN WHO YOUR VALENTINE IS WRITE THE NAMES OF THREE PROSPECTIVE
PEOPLE ON SLIPS OF PAPER, ROLL THEM UP INSIDE CLAY, DROP THE CLAY
INTO WATER, THE FIRST ONE TO RISE IS YOUR VALENTINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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SENDING VALENTINE DAY CARDS, CANDY AND FLOWERS TO A SWEETHEART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): GIFT GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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LOVE CHARM

IF A PAIR OF LOVERS PLUCK A LAUREL TWIG AND BREAK IT IN HALF, EACH
KEEPING A PIECE THEY WILL REMAIN LOVERS. ON ST. VALENTINE ( ' ) S
DAY, PLACE TWO LEAVES ON YOUR PILLOW AND YOU WILL DREAM OF LOVE.
I REMEMBER SOME OF THE GIRLS TALKING LIKE THIS AT SCHOOL ONE DAY.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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LOVE CHARM

IF A PAIR OF LOVERS PLUCK A LAUREL TWIG
AND BREAK IT IN HALF, EACH KEEPING A PIECE
THEY WILL REMAIN LOVERS. ON ST. VALENTINES DAY,
PLACE TWO LEAVES ON YOUR PILLOW AND YOU
WILL DREAM OF LOVE.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER SOME OF THE GIRLS TALKING LIKE
THIS AT SCHOOL ONE DAY.

Where learned: BROUGHT UP SOMETIME AT SCHOOL.

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ARGENTINIAN VALENTINES DAY

IN ARGENTINA WE DON'T HAVE AN OFFICIAL VALENTINES DAY LIKE IT
IS CELEBRATED IN THE UNITED STATES WITH THE EXCHANGE OF CARDS
AND CANDY. INSTEAD EL DIA DE LOS ENAMORADOS IS THE DAY THAT
REPLACES THE LOVERS DAY. IT IS SAID THAT ON THIS DAY THE WOMEN CAN
PROPOSE MARRIAGE TO THE MEN. MANY WOMEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS
RIGHT ON FEBRUARY 14.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; ROLE-REVERSAL ; SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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DO NOT BRING A SNOWFLAKE IN THE HOUSE ON VALENTINE'S
DAY IF YOU WANT TO BE MARRIED WITHIN A YEAR.

Submitter comment: CALLED IN BY LISTENER TO STATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 03-14-1972

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THE FIRST MAN YOU SEE ON VALENTINE'S DAY IS THE MAN YOU WILL
MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE WIND IS IN THE NORTH ON VALENTINE DAY, YOU WILL HAVE
FRUIT THAT YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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