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CUSTOM

MAY DAY IS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY WHICH IS A POLITICAL DAY FOR THE
UNIONS. THE TOP UNION OFFICIALS AND SOME WORKERS GATHER AND SPEECHES
ARE GIVEN IN THE MORNING, AND THE REST OF THE DAY IS JUST A DAY
FOR ENJOYING LIFE AND CELEBRATING.

Submitter comment: MEMORIES OF HOMELAND GERMANY

Data entry tech comment: DATE ASSIGNED MAY DAY: MAY 1

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELAXATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IN BELGIUM, ON MAY 1, PEOPLE GO OUT TO LOOK FOR LILLIES-OF-THE-
VALLEY. THEY WOULD THEN MAKE THEM INTO A BOUQUET AND GIVE IT
TO A LOVED ONE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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MAY DAY--MAY 1

ON MAY DAY ALL THE CHILDREN TAKE MAY BASKETS FILLED WITH CANDY AND
FLOWERS AND HANG THEM ON THE DOORS OF PEOPLE THEY LIKE.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED IN KANSAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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CUSTOM--MAY BASKETS

ON MAY DAY YOU MADE SPECIAL BASKETS OF CANDY, ETC., FOR YOUR FRIENDS,
HUNG IT ON THE DOORKNOB, RANG THE BELL AND RAN AWAY. THEN THE
PERSON CAME OUT AND CAUGHT YOU AND EVERYONE WENT IN AND HAD A FEAST
ON THE BASKET'S CONTENTS. THEY HAD TO GUESS WHO IT WAS FROM;
YOU DIDN'T PUT YOUR NAME ON IT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER AUNT WHO SAW IT IN ACTION WHILE
TEACHING IN CHAPLIN, CONN., ABOUT THIRTY YEARS AGO. THE
INFORMANT SENT THIS TO ME IN A LETTER.

Where learned: HAMDEN ; CONNECTICUT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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CUSTOM

THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR WARM HOSPITALITY TO
VISITORS. A DELIGHTFUL ISLAND'S CUSTOM IS THE PRESENTING OF LEIS,
BEAUTIFUL CHAINS OF FLOWERS, TO ALL VISITORS AS THEY ARRIVE AND
DEPART, AS A SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP. MAY DAY IS LEI DAY IN HAWAII,
WHEN THE PEOPLE HONOR THE VARIETY AND PROFUSION OF COLORFUL FLOWERS
THAT ABOUND EVERYWHERE.

Data entry tech comment: MAY 1 DATE ASSIGNED TO MAY DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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MAY DAY CUSTOM

IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON MAY 1, THE YOUNG MEN GO INTO THE FOREST AND CUT
DOWN A YOUNG SAPLING AND PLACE IT IN FRONT OF THE HOME OF THEIR
FAVORITE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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POLISH CUSTOM

1ST MAY: IF THERE IS SOME UNMARRIED WOMAN IN THE VILLAGE THE
PEOPLE WHO PLAY TRICKS HANG AN EFFIGY OF A MAN ON THE DOOR.
FOR A BACHELOR THEY DO THE OPPOSITE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN POLAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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DEW

TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND WRINKLELESS FACE, WASH YOUR FACE IN THE
DEW ON THE 1ST OF MAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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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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SUPERSTITION

ON MAY DAY MORNING BEFORE THE SUN CAME OUT, THE WOMEN
OF THE HOUSE BROUGHT IN SOME FLOWERING SHRUB, THEN SHE KNEW
SHE WOULD HAVE A VERY LUCKY YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRACTICED BY THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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IRISH SUPERSTITION

IF YOU WASH YOUR FACE IN DEW ON THE FIRST
DAY OF MAY, YOU WILL BE BEAUTIFUL.

Submitter comment: IN TELLING THIS, THE INFORMANT RECALLS ACTUALLY
WASHING HER FACE IN DEW ON MAY 1ST, AND ENDING
UP WITH A TERRIBLE RASH AND A FEW VISITS TO
A DERMATOLOGIST.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): BAD RESULTS FROM SUPERSTITIOUS PRACTICE ; IRONY ; SKIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 09-23-1969

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WHO WILL BECOME A VAMPIRE

A PERSON WILL BE A VAMPIRE IF HE IS BORN ON HALLOWEEN
OR CONCEIVED ON WOLPURGIS NIGHT--THE NIGHT BEFORE MAY 1.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IF YOU KILL A BEE ON THE FIRST DAY OF MAY AND KEEP
IT IN YOUR PURSE, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE MONEY.

Submitter comment: FROM RELATIVES.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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ON MAY DAY, MAY FIRST, WE DECORATE OUR HOMES WITH BIRCH BRANCHES.
EACH TOWN IN GERMANY IS REPRESENTED BY A CERTAIN COLOR. WE MAKE
BOUQUETS WITH THESE BRANCHES, AND COLORED RIBBONS ARE TIED AROUND
EACH BRANCH TO REPRESENT THE TOWN. THE YOUNG BOYS TRY TO
CLIMB UP A GREASED MAYPOLE AND TRY TO GET A SAUSAGE WHICH IS WAITING
AT THE TOP OF THE POLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME SHE USED TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS HOLIDAY WHEN
SHE WAS A CHILD IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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MAY BASKET DAY

MAY 1ST IS CELEBRATED BY DECORATING LITTLE BOXES
AND TAKING THEM OVER TO A FRIENDS HOUSE, YOU MUST
RING THEIR DOORBELL AND RUN HOPING THAT THEY DON'T
CATCH YOU BEFORE YOU MAKE IT TO YOUR CAR, BECAUSE IF
THEY DO THEN THEY GET TO KISS OR PINCH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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On the first day of May, go to the well with a mirror.
Hold the mirror up over your head and look in. You would
either see your future husband or a coffin.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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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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SLOVAK MAY DAY CUSTOM

WHEN A YOUNG MAN HAG A DIRL FRIEND, HE WOULD (DURING THE
EARLY HOURS) CHOP A TREE AND PLANT IT BY HER BEDROOM
WINDOW. THIS WAS A SIGN OF A WEDDING SOON OR AN
ENGAGEMENT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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