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MARCH--IN LIKE A LAMB,
OUT LIKE A LION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SARANAC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.574
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 31

Date learned: 11-18-1971

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BALDNESS

THERE IS A BELIEF AMONG SOME ITALIANS THAT ON MARCH 1ST A PERSON
MUST WASH HIS HAIR TO AVOID BALDNESS. IF A PERSON DOESN'T WASH
IS ( HIS ) HAIR HE WILL GO BALD FOR SURE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS FROM A TRADITIONAL ITALIAN FAMILY WHICH FIRMLY
BELIEVES IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1

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RED AND WHITE THREAD ARE WOVEN TOGETHER AND PLACED ON A FINGER OR
TOE ON MARCH 1ST TO PREVENT SUNBURN DURING THE HOT SEASON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 F642.9

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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THERE IS A BELIEF AMONG SOME ITALIANS THAT ON MARCH 1ST A
PERSON MUST WASH HIS HAIR TO AVOID BALDNESS. IF A PERSON DOESN'T
WASH HIS HAIR HE WILL GO BALD FOR SURE.

Data entry tech comment: OTHER METHODS OF PREVENTING BALDNESS FOUND IN ARCHIVE:
SHAVE HEAD TO SKIN FOR 10 YEARS
CLOSE CROPPING OF HAIR EVERY 2 TO 3 YEARS
USE OF VINEGAR ON HAIR
MIXTURE OF TEA LEAVES, GARLIC, MUSTARD AND ALUM

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BALDNESS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-01-1970

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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.
Favorites
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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SPEECH CUSTOM

TO INSURE GOOD LUCK, THE FIRST THING ONE MUST SAY ON THE MORNING
OF MARCH FIRST IS "WHITE RABBIT".

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA00001960S

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WELSH SAINT DAVID'S DAY CELEBRATION

MARCH FIRST IS CELEBRATED AS SAINT DAVID'S DAY IN
SWANSEA, WALES. THE CHILDREN DRESS IN TRADITIONAL WELSH
CLOTHING. WOMEN WEAR DAFFODILS AND MEN WEAR LEEKS ON THEIR
PERSON IN ORDER TO REPRESENT THE COMING OF SPRING. THE
ENTIRE COMMUNITY CELEBRATES AND FEASTS THROUGHOUT THE
DAY AND WELL INTO THE EVENING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WITNESSED THE CELEBRATION IN 1978 WHILE
VISITING WALES WITH HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

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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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