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ON ASSUMPTION DAY (AUGUST 15), IF YOU BLESS FLOWERS
AND KEEP THEM IN YOUR HOUSE,
LIGHTNING WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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ETHNIC BELIEF

THERE IS A CEMETERY BEHIND ASSUMPTION GROTTO CHURCH IN NORTHEAST
DETROIT AND IT HAS A GROTTO IN IT. THE GROTTO SUPPOSEDLY LOOKS LIKE
LOURDES. ON AUGUST 16, THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION, ITALIANS FROM
ALL OVER THE CITY WALK TO THE GROTTO TO PRAY AND TO ASK FOR MIRACLES
I DON'T KNOW WHY IT SEEMS TO BE JUST ITALIANS. THERE ARE CRUTCHES
AND BRACES ON THE WALL OF THE GROTTO THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND BY PEOPLE
WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN CURED. NOW I GUESS THE PEOPLE USE
TRANSPORTATION TO GET THERE' BUT THEY DIDN,T USED TO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SEEMED TO BELIEVE PEOPLE HAD BEEN CURED AT THE GROTTO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Shrine Memorial
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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CUSTOM

IN ITALY, ON AUGUST 15, THE FEASTDAY OF THE ASSUMPTION, THEY HOLD
MANY PARADES IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND THERE IS MUCH SINGING
AND DANCING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT KNOWS SOME NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE LIVED IN ITALY AND THEY
RELATED THIS CUSTOM TO HER.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Adoration
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Festival
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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FLOWERS

ON AUGUST 15TH FLOWERS ARE BLESSED AND THE PETALS ARE SAVED. THESE
ARE THEN PUT UNDER THE PILLOW OF A SICK PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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AUGUST 15TH MID AUGUST/AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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POLISH CUSTOM--FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

THE WOMEN TAKE FLOWERS FROM THEIR GARDENS TO GET THEM BLESSED.
AFTERWARDS, THEY DRY THEM AND PRESS THEM. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, IF
ANYONE GETS SICK, THEY TAKE THESE FLOWERS AND MAKE TEA OUT OF THEM
FOR THE PATIENT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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ASSUMPTION

THE ASSUMPTION IS REGARDED AS A HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT EUROPE.
AUGUST 15.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date learned: 02-13-1968

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BLESSING OF FLOWERS

WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS A GIRL, FLOWERS WERE BLESSED ON AUGUST
FIFTEENTH, THE ASSUMPTION. THE CUSTOM CAME FROM POLAND. THE
FLOWERS WERE THEN HUNG IN THE ATTIC TO DRY AND WERE BURNED ON
THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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ON ASSUMPTION DAY, AUGUST 15, WE WENT TO CHURCH IN THE MORNING
THEN WE HAD A PROCESSION. WE MARCHED ALL AROUND THE CITY IN
HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. WE THEN HAD A BIG DINNER. IN THE
AFTERNOON, WE PLAYED BINGO AND EVERY WINNER GOT A FREE TICKET TO
USE LATER AT THE HORSERACES. WE HAD HORSERACING WITHOUT
BETTING. WHOEVER HAD THE SAME TICKET NUMBER AS THAT OF THE WINNING
HORSE WON A FREE PRIZE. AT NIGHT WE DANCED AND HAD FIREWORKS ALL
IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Religious hero

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NO ONE WORKS ON AUGUST 15TH. THEY TAKE HORSES INTO THE SEA AND
SPRINKLE THEIR WAGONS WITH SEA WATER BECAUSE THIS IS A HOLY DAY.
IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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LADY'S DAY

AUGUST 15 IS A BIG DAY IN IRELAND. ALL THE PEOPLE GATHER AT A
HOLY WELL (OUR LADY'S WELL) AND ALL THE TINKERS AND GYPSIES
GATHERED HERE TOO. THE PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO PRAY TO THE
BLESSED MOTHER AND THE TINKERS WOULD GO AROUND BEGGING. THEIR
CHANTS WERE "FOR JASUS (JESUS) SAKE HELP TO POOR" AND "MAY JESUS TAKE
YOU HOME SAFE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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ASSUMPTION

IN ITALY, APPROXIMATELY 50 YEARS AGO, THE BIGGEST FEAST OF THE YEAR
WAS THE ASSUMPTION ON AUGUST 15. DURING THE DAY, EVERY HALF HOUR A
GROUP OF PEOPLE WOULD ENTER THE CHURCH AND THE PREVIOUS GROUP
WOULD LEAVE THEIR VIGIL. THERE WOULD BE BIG PROCESSIONS, PARADES
IN THE STREETS. THIS WOULD BE CONCLUDED WITH FIREWORKS AT NIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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IN ITALY, THERE ARE PROCESSIONS HONORING SAINTS AS PATRONS OF
TOWNS AND VILLAGES. PARADES, CELEBRATIONS, MUSIC AND FOOD ARE ALL
A PART OF THE FESTIVITIES.

Submitter comment: PROCESSIONS ARE ESPECIALLY PROMINENT ON THE FEAST OF THE
ASSUMPTION ON AUGUST 15. THESE PROCESSIONS ARE PROMINENT IN THE
TOWN OF POGGIO PICENZE, PROV. L'AQUILA. THE INFORMANT'S FATHER
WAS BORN AND LIVED IN THIS TOWN. HER AUNTS AND COUSINS STILL
LIVE THERE.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 02-26-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IT WAS BELIEVED BY MY GREAT AUNT
THAT IF ONE DID NOT RECITE THE LITANY OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY ON ALL HER FEASTDAYS, ONE WOULD NEVER SEE HEAVEN
AND ONE WOULD HAVE DISEASES OF THE FEET FOR THE REST OF ONE,S LIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED ITEM WHILE IN CANADA ON TOUR OF MARIAN SHRINES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 25
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 31
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 8
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F112
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F822
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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ASSUMPTION (OF OUR BLESSED LADY)

ON AUGUST 15, THE WOMEN TAKE ONE OF EACH FLOWER FROM
THEIR GARDEN, MAKE A BOUQUET WITH AN APPLE IN THE
MIDDLE, AND TAKE THIS BOUQUET TO CHURCH AND HAVE IT
BLESSED. THIS IS DONE BOTH IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED
MOTHER, AND TO ASK HER PROTECTION, SO THE FLOWERS WILL
BLOOM AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS STILL DONE IN MANY PARISHES WHERE THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF THE OLD POLISH.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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CHURCH CUSTOM

ON ASSUMPTION DAY, POLISH PARISHIONERS AT ST. FLORIAN'S
IN DETROIT (MICHIGAN) BRING FLOWERS WITH THEM TO
CHURCH. THEY ARE BLESSED DURING THE SERVICE AND THEN THE
PEOPLE TAKE THEM BACK HOME, WHERE THEY HANG THEM IN
THE ATTIC AS AN OFFERING TO GOD AND FOR THE PROTECTION
OF THE HOUSE. (THE ATTIC IS THE HIGHEST PART OF THE
HOUSE; IS CLOSEST TO HEAVEN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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