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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

ERNTENDANK FEST IS COMPARABLE TO AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING. IT IS
NOT CELEBRATED NATION WIDE ON THE SAME DAY HOWEVER. IN BAD NAUHEIM
IT IS CELEBRATED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN OCTOBER. VARIANTS WOULD
OCCUR IN DIFFERENT CITIES DEPENDING UPON THE HARVEST TIME.
RELIGIOUS ASPECT -- WHEAT, RYE, ETC. ARE BROUGHT TO CHURCH TO BE
BLESSED TO PRAY FOR BETTER CROPS NEXT YEAR.
FESTIVE ASPECT -- ADULTS ARE IN THE RESTAURANT DANCING AND THE
CHILDREN ARE ENJOYING A SMALL SCALE FAIR WITH A MERRY-GO-ROUND.
EATING -- THE NORMAL MEAL INCLUDES FRANKFURTERS, SAUERKRAUT, AND
APPLE TURNS ( TURN-OVERS ?).

Submitter comment: MEMORIES OF HOMELAND GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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FALL FESTIVAL: OBON FESTIVAL IN OKINAWA

THIS FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE IN MIDDLE OCTOBER EVERY YEAR. ALL GO TO
THE TEMPLES WHERE RELATIVES ARE BURIED IN TORTOISE-SHAPED TOMBS.
THEY ARE OPENED, THE ASHES ARE GATHERED TOGETHER AND THE TOMBS ARE
WASHED OUT WITH SAKI WINE. AFTER THIS THE ASHES ARE PUT BACK IN AND
( THE ) TOMBS ARE CLOSED. THE FESTIVAL THEN PROCEEDS WITH FEASTING
AND DANCING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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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

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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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WHERE AN OPAL IF YOU WEREN'T BORN IN OCTOBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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"ROY-KATONG" FESTIVAL (THAILAND)

"THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS FESTIVAL IS TO APOLOGIZE TO THE WATER
SPIRIT FOR THE USE OF THE WATER AND FOR POLLUTING THE WATER.
BELIEVING THAT THE WATER COMES FROM HEAVEN, THE THAIS FLOAT SMALL
LOTUS-SHAPED RAFTS WITH CANDLES ON THEM IN THE RIVERS OF THAILAND
SO THAT EVENTUALLY THE RAFT WILL GO TO AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN. ALSO,
WHEN THEY FLOAT THE RAFTS, THE THAIS WILL MAKE A WISH AND
SOMETIMES A MAN AND WOMAN WILL GO TOGETHER."

Submitter comment: THE FESTIVAL USUALLY TAKES PLACE IN BETWEEN OCTOBER AND
NOVEMBER.
"ROY-KATONG" MEANS "FLOAT-SMALL-BOAT" IN THAI LANGUAGE.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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ONLY THOSE BORN IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER SHOULD WEAR THE OPAL,
IT WILL BRING ALL OTHERS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WHITMORE LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-24-1988

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Unlucky Opals

It is unlucky to wear opals, unless you were born
in October.

Where learned: OHIO ; Swanton

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001972CA

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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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THE SCOTCH BELIEVE IT IS BAD LUCK FOR EITHER OF TWO LOVERS TO
GIVE THE OTHER ONE A BIBLE BEFORE MARRIAGE OR TO BE MARRIED
IN ANY MONTH HAVING AN "A" IN IT, SUCH AS MAY AND THAT'S
WHY SO MANY PEOPLE MARRY IN JUNE.
THE BRIDE SHOULD NEVER SEE HER MAN ON THE WEDDING DAY
BEFORE TIME FOR THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Keyword(s): SCOTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other
BELIEF -- Magic Book
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD SAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH IS,
"RABBIT, RABBIT." SHOULD YOU FORGET, THEN THE LAST THING
BEFORE YOU GO TO BED (IT MUST BE BEFORE MIDNIGHT) YOU SHOULD
SAY IT BACKWARD, "TIBBAR, TIBBAR." YOUR LUCK WOULD NOT BE
AS GOOD BY SAYING IT AT NIGHT, BUT NOT AS BAD AS IF YOU
DIDN'T SAY IT AT ALL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 06-22-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR OPALS IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS NOT IN OCTOBER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 07-01-1970

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