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CUSTOM ON ST. ANDREW'S

IN POLAND, ON ST. ANDREW'S DAY, NOVEMBER 30, THE GIRLS WOULD POUR
HOT WAX ON TO WATER. WHEN THE PIECES OF WAX WERE REMOVED FROM THE
WATER, THEY WERE TO INDICATE THE GIRLS' FUTURE. THE SHAPE OF THE
WAX WOULD SUGGEST COMING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AND HER FUTURE HUSBAND
PERHAPS.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F113
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, ON ST. ANDREW'S DAY (NOV. 30), GIRLS MELT WAX AND SPILL
IT INTO WATER. THEN THEY FORETELL THEIR FUTURES FROM THE VARIOUS
ODD FORMS THE WAX CREATES ON THE WATER AS IT HARDENS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS RELATIVES AND
ACQUAINTANCES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F113
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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