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PLANTING CUSTOM

NEVER PLANT TILL AFTER THE THREE ICE SAINTS' FEAST DAYS. THEN YOU
WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT FROST RUINING YOUR CROPS.

Submitter comment: JOFRAN, WHO GREW UP ON A FARM, PROBABLY LEARNED THIS OLD GERMAN
CUSTOM FROM HER FATHER. SHE IS FAIRLY SURE THAT TWO OF THE ICE
SAINTS ARE SAINT ANICETUS (APRIL 17) AND SAINT FIDELIS (APRIL 24).
SAINT CANISIUS (APRIL 27) MIGHT BE THE OTHER ONE BUT SHE'S NOT SURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 17
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 24
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: CA00001972

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EVERY APRIL 24TH, WE CELEBRATE SAINT GEORGE'S DAY IN GREECE.
SAINT GEORGE IS ONE OF THE PATRON SAINTS OF GREECE. ON THIS
DAY, WE CELEBRATE HIS DESTROYING THE DRAGON. SAINT GEORGE
WAS ORIGINALLY AN ARCHANGEL, THIS IS ONE OF GOD'S CHIEF ANGELS.
THE DRAGON REPRESENTS THE EVILNESS OF SATAN; SO TO COMMEMORATE
THIS EVENT, THE OLDEST MALE CHILD OF EACH TOWN OR VILLAGE
IS DRESSED IN LIGHT CHAIN MAIL, AND ARMED WITH A FAKE SWORD.
AN ADULT FROM THE VILLAGE, NORMALLY THE MAYOR, IS DRESSED AS
THE DRAGON. THEY RE-ENACT THE FIGHT THAT OCCURRED, WITH SAINT
GEORGE WINNING. THIS PERFORMANCE IS FOLLOWED BY A HUGE
FEAST, WHICH THE WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE PREPARE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 24

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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