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MARCH IS A FATAL MONTH FOR OLD MEN. MAY IS A
BAD MONTH FOR OLD WOMEN. SO WHEN AN OLDER WOMAN
IS WEAK IN MAY--PRAY FOR HER.

Submitter comment: POLISH TEXT ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE FEAST OF THE LORD'S BODY {CORPUS CHRISTI}

IN MAY OR JUNE ALTARS WERE SET UP OUTSIDE. THEY WERE SET UP
IN THE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. A PROCESSION WOULD BE HELD
BY THE VILLAGES WHICH BELONGED TO ONE PARISH.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED IN POLAND. THIS FEAST IS CORPUS CHRISTI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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IF IT THUNDERS IN FEBRUARY, THEN THERE WILL BE FROST IN MAY.

Submitter comment: THIS FORCAST WAS TOLD BY MRS. HAMPTON WHO SAYS THAT THIS IS VERY
TRUE. HER MOTHER ORIGINALLY TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P0200
BELIEF -- P0500
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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IF A WOMAN WASHES HER HAIR IN THE FIRST RAIN IN MAY; THE RAIN WILL
MAKE HER HAIR GROW.

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT HER MOTHER DID EVERY FIRST RAIN IN MAY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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MAY CUSTOM, BELIEF

IT IS GOOD TO GET WET IN THE RAIN DURING THE MONTH OF MAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE IN MISSISSIPPI.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 05-03-1972

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SPRING CHILLS

DON'T CAST YOUR FLOUT TILL MAY IS OOT.

Submitter comment: THIS PROVERB WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.
HARRIET MALLINSON IN HER HOME IN GARY, INDIANA. (CIRCA 1925) HER
MOTHER IN TURN LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER, A MRS. SCOT, AS A CHILD
IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. CK[ ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION
FLOUT=CLOD PLANTING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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PADDIE'S HIGHWATER

AFTER THE FIRST SNOWFALL IN MAY, WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO MELT AND THEN
WASH THE EYES. THIS IS CALLED PADDIES HIGHWATER. IT IS GOOD FOR
EYE DISORDERS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ONLY TRIED TO RECALL AN OLD IRISH CUSTOM.

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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"BRAIDING THE MAY POLE"

IN NEW ORLEANS IN THE MONTH OF MAY A LOCAL CUSTOM CALLED "BRAIDING
THE MAY POLE" TOOK PLACE. CHILDREN DRESSED IN DIFFERENT COSTUMES
HAD A ROUTINE IN WHICH THEY WALKED AROUND THE POLE ON TO WHICH
DIFFERENT COLORED RIBBONS WERE TIED WHILE MUSIC PLAYED. AT THE
END OF THE ROUTINE, THE RIBBON FORMED A BRAID AROUND THE POLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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THE CROWNING OF THE BLESSED MOTHER

ON A SUNDAY IN MAY THE CATHOLICS IN NEW ORLEANS HELD A PROCESSION
TO CELEBRATE THE CROWNING OF THE BLESSED MOTHER. MOSTLY CHILDREN
DRESSED IN WHITE AND PASTELS WALKED ABREAST AHEAD OF A LITTLE
GIRL WHO CARRIED A CROWN MADE OF ROSES. THEY WALKED FOR SEVERAL
BLOCKS IN THE AREA OF THE CHURCH WHILE SINGING CHURCH HYMNS.
THE PROCESSION ENDED AT THE CHURCH WHERE THE GIRL WHO CARRIED THE
CROWN PLACED IT ON THE HEAD OF THE STATUE OF THE BLESSED MOTHER.
INCLUDED IN THE PROCESSION WERE LITTLE GIRLS CARRYING BASKETS OF
ROSE PETALS. THEY WALKED IN THE CHURCH WHILE KISSING A SINGLE
PETAL AT A TIME AND THREW IT ON THE FLOOR. BENEDICTION FOLLOWED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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PREDICTION

IF YOU BATHE IN THE FIRST RAIN OF MAY YOU WILL REMAIN YOUNG.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P456
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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LEGENDS, EVENTS AND BELIEFS ABOUT ELVES.

IT IS KNOWN THAT ELVES ARE ABLE TO BE FOUND MORE READILY IN LATE
MAY OR EARLY JUNE, THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR.
IT IS KNOWN THAT CERTAIN ELVES, WOOD ELVES, ARE GENERALLY FOUND
IN THE WOODS AND VALLEYS.
WOOD ELVES ARE MORE EASILY SEEN IN THE EVENING HOURS AS THE
STARS JUST BEGIN TO EMERGE IN THEIR SPLENDOR.
IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT ELVES STAY VERY HIDDEN AND ARE VIRTUALLY
SOUNDLESS IN THEIR MOVEMENTS AND SPEECH WHILE OUT OF DOORS.
IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT ELVES WOULD PREFER TO SING BALLADS, EVENTS OR
LEGENDS RATHER THAN JUST SINGING AS A FORM OF COMMUNICATION.
IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN THAT ELVES ARE NOT ALL THE SAME AS A GROUP.
IN FACT SOME ELVES, SEA ELVES, PREFER TO STAY IN SAILING SHIPS
AND OTHER LARGE VESSELS WHILE PATROLLING THE SEA RATHER THAN WALK
AROUND ON LAND.
SOME ELVES WILL ONLY LIVE ON ISLANDS WHILE OTHER GROUPS WILL ONLY
DWELL IN THE MAIN LANDS.
ELVES AS A GENERAL GROUP OR CLASS OF CREATURES HAVE DIFFERENT
LEVELS OF CLASSIFICATIONS.
THERE ARE KNOWN FOR EXAMPLE TO BE HIGH ELVES AND LOW ELVES.
A UNIQUE AND KNOWN FACT ABOUT ELVES IS THAT THEY HAVE AN UNCANNY
ABILITY TO WALK VERY GENTLY AND LIGHT FOOTEDLY THROUGH THE LAND.
IN FACT SOME PEOPLE HAVE FOUND THAT ELVES HAVE WALKED IN LARGE GROUPS
RIGHT PAST THEM IN THE FALL WHEN LEAVES ARE EVERYWHERE,
WITHOUT A SOUND OF THEIR PRESENCE EVEN KNOWN.
OTHER ELVES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO WALK ON TOP OF SNOW WITH-
OUT LEAVING A TRACE OF THIN FOOTSTEPS.
ELVES OF COURSE ALWAYS WALK BARE FOOTED.
ELVES HAVE A DEFINITE SPIRITUAL SIDE TO THEIR GENDER.
IT IS KNOWN THAT ELVES CANNOT REALLY DIE, BUT RATHER PASS ON TO
ANOTHER AND FAR GREATER LAND OF EXISTENCE.
ALONG THESE SAME LINES, ELVES HAVE THE DEFINITE ABILITY TO
PICK UP INFORMATION CONCERNING PRESENT AS WELL AS PAST EVENTS.
ELVES PICK UP THIS INFORMATION FROM SUCH OBJECTS AS TREES, SMALL
FURRY ANIMALS, ROCKS, STREAMS, THE OCEANS AND OTHER THINGS.
THE ELVES SPEAK A CERTAIN ELVIN LANGUAGE TO THESE OBJECTS, THAT
ONLY THE OBJECTS AND THE ELVES KNOW HOW TO SPEAK.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT SEEMS TO BE BELIEVABLE.
HE SEEMS TO KNOW MUCH MORE THAN HE WILL TELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: 12-03-1982

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DUNKING DAYS

CHILDREN IN PENNSYLVANIA CELEBRATE DUNKING
DAYS ON TWO CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS IN MAY OR JUNE
AROUND WHITSUNDAY. ON THE FIRST SUNDAY, THE
BOYS ATTEMPT TO WET THE GIRLS WITH WATER. ON
THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, THE GIRLS ATTEMPT TO WET
THE BOYS. I DON'T KNOW WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT
THIS CUSTOM, BUT MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE CELEBRATED
DUNKING DAYS IN DUQUESNE, PENNSYLVANIA AROUND 1945.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT ADVISES THAT HER MOTHER'S NAME IS
MARY MORSILLO GINGERICH, BORN OCTOBER 3, 1937,
FARRELL, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting After all

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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MAY RAIN

IF YOU CATCH THE FIRST RAIN IN MAY IN A BUCKET AND BOIL IT AND
WASH YOUR HAIR WITH IT, YOUR HAIR WILL GROW.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; PARENTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P 68 P 68.1
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 02-21-1984

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BLACK-AMERICAN BELIEF

IF IT THUNDERS ON A CERTAIN DAY IN
FEBRUARY, THERE WILL BE FROST ON
THAT SAME DAY IN MAY.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

Keyword(s): WEATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FO20
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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PRECIOUS BLOOD PROCESSION

PROCESSIONS ARE FAMOUS IN BELGIUM. THIS PROCESSION IS
HELD ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN MAY. IN BRUGGE, BELGIUM,
THIS PROCESSION DATES BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES--THE CRUSADES.
THERE IS A RELIC THAT IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK
FROM THE CRUSADES BY THE CRUSADERS--A VIAL OF CHRIST'S
BLOOD. THIS RELIC IS PRESENT IN THE GRAND PROCESSION.
THE PROCESSION IS ORNATE AND ELABORATE. MY SOURCE SAYS
PROCESSIONS DID NOT LIVE IN AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 12-05-1985

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If you wash your hair in the first May rainwater, it will grow.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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