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ON MARCH 15TH, THE IDES OF MARCH, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO PUT A BROOM
BEHIND THE DOOR TO KEEP THE WITCHES OUT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 15
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 03-00-1980

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THE BUZZARDS HAVE RETURNED TO HINCKLEY OHIO YEARLY ON
MARCH 15 FOR MANY YEARS, WHEN FROZEN CARCASSES FROM A
CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNITY HUNT BEGAN DEFROSTING AS SPRING
APPROACHED. PEOPLE WEARING BUZZARDS COSTUMES WAIT FOR
THE BUZZARDS WHO ROOST ON ROCKY LEDGES IN A NEARBY
LAKE. THIS USUALLY MARKS THE END OF THE WINTER SEASON.
THE CARCASSES ARE THERE EVERY YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DATE ; SEASONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 15
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 00001980S

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MANY PEOPLE TOLD MY SISTER, WHO HAD SET HER MARRIAGE DATE
FOR MARCH 15TH (THE IDES OF MARCH) THAT THIS WAS UNLUCKY,
BECAUSE OF THE CONNOTATIONS FROM SHAKESPEARE'S JULIUS
CAESAR.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 15
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-27-1972

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