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A RAINY WEDDING DAY
MAKES THE SKIES OF MARRIAGE GRAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SARANAC

Subject headings: 860 Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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CUSTOM

THE BRIDEGROOM IS GIVEN A WHITE CLOTH BY HIS MOTHER WHICH THE
BRIDE IS TO LAY ON WHEN THE MARRIAGE IS CONSUMMATED. THEN IT
IS TO BE GIVEN TO HIS MOTHER TO PROVE HER SON MARRIED A VIRGIN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A SYRIAN FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYMEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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NOT GIVEN

MY BROTHER ONCE TOLD ME THAT A YOUNG COUPLE WAS PARKED ON AN OPEN
FIELD NEAR JACKSON, MICHIGAN. THEY HEARD OVER THE RADIO THAT A
CONVICT HAD ESCAPED FROM THE STATE PRISON AND THAT HE COULD BE
IDENTIFIED BY A HOOK IN PLACE OF AN ARM. AT THAT POINT THE COUPLE
LEFT AND WHEN THE YOUNG MAN GOT OUT OF HIS CAR TO TAKE HIS DATE
TO HER DOOR, HE FOUND A HOOK ATTACHED TO HIS CAR-DOORKNOB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AFTER THE BRIDE LEAVES THE CHURCH AND ENTERS THE
RECEPTION HALL, SHE IS GIVEN BREAD, WATER AND SALT.
SHE TAKES A BIT OF THE BREAD AND DRINKS SOME WATER.
SHE CARRIES THE SALT INTO THE HALL WITH HER.
THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS AN OLD POLISH CUSTOM. IT
WAS DONE TO BRING THE BRIDE GOOD LUCK IN LIFE.
THE BREAD AND WATER STAND FOR FOOD, AND THE SALT
FOR WEALTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-20-1972

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BRIDAL SHOWER GIFTS

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER YOU NEVER BRING KNIVES FOR A GIFT BECAUSE
SHE AND HER FUTURE HUSBAND WILL QUARREL ALL THE TIME.

Submitter comment: THIS WILL CAUSE THE COUPLE TO HAVE BAD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.
THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HER ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HER HOME TOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-FIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 00001930S

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NONE

THE TERM DUTCH TREAT COMES FROM HOLLAND WHERE THE GIRLS PAY FOR
THE GUYS' WAY, OR THEY EACH PAY THEIR OWN, WHILE ON A DATE. ALSO,
THE GIRLS WILL FREQUENTLY ASK THE GUYS OUT.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: CA03001974

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MARRIAGE

PARSIS OF INDIA WILL NOT PERFORM A MARRIAGE IN THE DARK OF THE
MOON

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): PARSEE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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MARRIAGE

IN RURAL DISTRICTS OF GERMANY THE BRIDE SENDS THE GROOM AN
ENBOIDERED SHIRT WHILE HE SENDS HER A PRESENT OF SLIPPERS,
HANDKERCHIEFS, & SCARVES.

Submitter comment: GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN, HE COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SOURCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WEDDINGS

WHEN ONE SEES A WEDDING PARTY, IT IS GOOD LUCK TO LICK ONE'S THUMB
AND POUND ONE'S FIST THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.5
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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WEDDINGS

THE CUSTOM OF USING BRIDESMAIDS AT WEDDINGS DATES TO THE TIME OF
THE ANGLO-SAXONS WHEN THE BRIDE WAS LED BY A MATRON CALLED THE
BRIDE'S WOMAN, FOLLOWED BY A GROUP OF YOUNG MAIDENS CALLED THE
BRIDE'S MAIDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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VIRGINITY

IN BRAZIL THE NEWLYWEDS HANG A BLOODY SHEET ON THE DOOR POST TO
SHOW THAT THE BRIDE WAS A VIRGIN

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYMEN ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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WEDDING TRADITION

ENGLISH-WEDDING AFTER A WEDDING THE GROOM THROWS MONEY TO THE
CHILDREN FROM THE CHURCH TO THE HOUSE OF THE PARTY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Giving coins

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

SOMETHING WHITE, USUALLY A LACY HANDKERCHIEF, IS PASSED ON
TO THE FEMALE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY WHEN THEY GET MARRIED.
EACH FEMALE HAD WORN IT ON HER WEDDING DAY, AND SAVED IT FOR
THE NEXT TIME ANOTHER MEMBER WAS TO BE MARRIED.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 0001950S

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

A BRIDE AND GROOM CAN BE GUARANTEED A BLISSFUL AND FRUITFUL
MARRIED LIFE IF THEY ARE SHOWERED IN SUGAR COATED ALMONDS AS THEY
LEAVE THE CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Things thrown at newlyweds

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

BRIDES SHOULD ALWAYS HIDE A PAIR OF SCISSORS ON THEMSELVES SO
THEY CAN "CUT" AWAY ANY EVIL THAT MAY BE WISHED UPON THEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CUSTOM

BEFORE AN ITALIAN MALE IS MARRIED, HIS FATHER TAKES HIM TO A PROSTI-
TUTE. AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE, THE UNMARRIED MALE IS CIRCUMCISED.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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BRIDAL CUSTOM

ALL THE RIBBONS FROM PACKAGES AT A BRIDAL SHOWER SHOULD BE SAVED.
YOU SHOULD THEN TAKE A PAPER PLATE, CUT A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE AND
PLACE THE RIBBONS SO THE BOWS ARE ON THE TOP AND THE STREAMERS
ARE HANGING THROUGH THE HOLE. THIS BOUQUET SHOULD THEN BE USED AS
THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET DURING THE WEDDING REHEARSAL.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS ENGAGED, THIS WAS ONE OF THE MANY CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS
TOLD TO ME BY FRIENDS. THERE WERE SO MANY THAT I DON'T REMEMBER
WHO TOLD ME WHICH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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SLOVAK EASTER CUSTOM

ON MONDAY AFTER EASTER SUNDAY, THE YOUNG, SINGLE MEN WENT OUT TO
SEE HIS FAVORITE GIRL AND POURED PERFUMED WATER
ON HER HEAD AND SHE USED IT TO WASH HER
 FACE .
BUT THE BOYS WHO HAD NO GIRL IN PARTICULAR WENT INTO HOMES, DRAGGED
THE YOUNG LADY OUT TO THE WELL, AND DOUSED HER GOOD. THE MORE
POPULAR THE YOUNG LADY IS, THE MORE MEN CAME, AND OF COURSE THE
PARENTS WERE VERY HAPPY THAT THEIR DAUGHTER IS SO POPULAR AND HAD
MANY WOULD-BE SUITERS.
WHEN THE BOYS WATERED THE GIRLS, THE GIRL'S PARENTS INVITED THE BOYS
INTO THEIR HOME AND OFFERED THEM GOODIES AND DRINKS; SLIVOVIC (A PLUM
LIQUOR), KOLBASI, HAM, ETC.
ON EASTER TUESDAY, THE YOUNG LADIES TRIED TO RETURN THE WATER
SPLASHING ON THE YOUNG MEN.
THE EASTER HOLIDAY LASTED THREE DAYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; REVENGE ; SUITORS ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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POLISH EASTERTIDE CUSTOM

IN POLAND, ON THE FIRST DAY AFTER EASTER, POLISH BOYS ARE ALLOWED
TO SPRINKLE OR SQUIRT WATER AT ANY GIRL IN THEIR VILLAGE. PARENTS OF
THESE POLISH GIRLS EVEN ALLOW THE BOYS TO COME INTO THEIR HOMES AND
EVEN GO INTO THE BEDROOM OF THE GIRL TO SQUIRT HER WITH WATER.
THE WATER THAT THE BOYS USE MUST BE CLEAN AND NOT DIRTY. POLISH BOYS
MAY ALSO USE PERFUMES INSTEAD OF WATER. THIS CERTAIN DAY AFTER
EASTER IS CALLED "DYNGUS" DAY. BOYS REALLY RELISH THEIR OPPORTUNITY
TO CHASE GIRLS TO GET THEM WET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

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DYNGUS DAY

ACCORDING TO OLD POLISH CUSTOM, ON EASTER MONDAY, ALL YOUNG POLISH
BOYS ARE ALLOWED TO TEASE GIRLS AND SWITCH THEM LIGHTLY WITH A
BRANCH OR TWIG ETC. THIS IS A SIGN OF SPRING AND A YOUNG BOY
BECOMING INTERESTED IN GIRLS.

Submitter comment:

IT IS A CUSTOM IN INFORMANT'S FAMILY ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

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