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CUSTOM

WHEN AN ITALIAN GIRL DATES, HER MOTHER ALWAYS GOES ALONG AS
A CHAPERONE.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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CUSTOM

IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT MAN AND WOMAN BECOME ENGAGED AFTER
THE THIRD DATE. THE ENGAGEMENT THEN LASTS FOR 2 YEARS.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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HUSKING BEE

WHEN THE CORN THAT HAD BEEN SHOCKED WAS READY FOR HUSKING, THE WHOLE
NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD HAVE A HUSKING BEE. YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WOULD
GATHER ON A MOONLIT NIGHT AND BEGIN TO HUSK IN PAIRS (GUY AND GIRL).
EVERYTIME THAT A RED EAR OF CORN IS FOUND BY THE PAIR, THE GIRL GETS
A KISS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERY OLD GERMAN CUSTOM THAT IS STILL PRACTICED TODAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM

IF A BOY HELD A LIGHTED MATCH IN FRONT OF A GIRL AND SHE BLEW IT OUT,
THE BOY WAS ENTITLED TO A KISS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM. WHEN QUESTIONED AS TO WHETHER SHE
PRACTICED IT OR NOT, THE INFORMANT HAD NO REPLY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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DATING CUSTOMS IN MEXICO

THERE ARE REALLY NO SUCH THINGS AS DATING IN MEXICO, NOR IS THERE
ANY PETTING, HAND HOLDING, ETC., HOWEVER THERE IS ONE MAJOR GATHERING
WHICH COMMONLY OCCURS AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MEET.
THIS IS A DANCE AT WHICH A MARICHI BAND PLAYS, IT IS USUALLY HELD
IN THE TOWN SQUARE OR CENTRAL PARK. THE GIRLS DANCE IN THE CENTER
OF A CIRCLE AND THE BOYS MAKE UP THE OUTER CIRCLE. DURING THE DANCE
IF A BOY SEES A GIRL HE WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH HE GIVES HER A
FLOWER AND TIES A SCARF AROUND HER NECK, THE TWO TALK AS THE DANCE
GOES ON AND EVENTUALLY THEY LEAVE THE CIRCLE TO TALK.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Keyword(s): MARIACHI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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DATING IN THE PHILIPPINES

DATING IN THE PHILIPPINES IS DONE IN GROUPS RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL.
WHEN A MAN WANTS TO COURT SOMEONE HE WILL HIRE A SINGER WITH A
GUITAR OR ELSE HE WILL SING. HE GOES TO THE GIRL'S HOUSE AND
SERANADES HER. IF THE GIRL WANTS HIM SHE WILL OPEN THE WINDOW AND
LET HIM IN, OTHERWISE SHE WILL GO TO THE DOOR AND INVITE HIM IN.
THIS IS CALLED HAVANA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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COURTSHIP CUSTOM

THE COURTSHIP IS DONE THROUGH A CORRESPONDENT IN MEXICO. THE MAN
SENDS A DOCTOR, TEACHER, OR PRIEST TO THE WOMAN HE WANTS TO MARRY.
IF THE WOMAN SAYS THE MAN CAN COME AND SEE HER AFTER FIFTEEN DAYS IT
USUALLY MEANS SHE IS NOT INTERESTED. IF THE WOMAN SAYS FOR THE MAN
TO COME AFTER EIGHT DAYS IT MEANS SHE IS INTERESTED. DURING THE
COURTSHIP THE MAN BUYS GIFTS FOR THE WOMAN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BECAME FAMILIAR WITH THIS CUSTOM WHEN HE MET HIS WIFE
IN MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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MARRIAGE OF DAUGHTERS

DAUGHTERS OF THE MEN AFFILIATED WITH THE MAFIA ARE NOT PERMITTED TO
DATE OR MARRY UNTIL THEY HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 21.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 02-08-1968

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VALENTINE ROSES

GOTTEN YOURSELF IN TROUBLE? WELL, ONE YOUNG MAN, AN ADMIRER OF A
MERCY STUDENT(MERCY COLLEGE), SENT HIS GIRL A RED ROSE FOR
VALENTINE'S DAY. IT SEEMS AS IF THIS IS A BAD THING FOR THE STORY
IS THAT A RED ROSE SIGNIFIES THAT THE FRIENDSHIP OR RELATIONSHIP
WILL BE BROKEN IN THE YEAR. A WHITE ROSE ON THE OTHER HAND, NOT
ONLY SHOWS A LOVING ATTITUDE BUT AN ASSURANCE OF THE STRENGTHENING
OF THAT LOVE. SO, IF YOU'D LIKE TO TELL A MERCY GIRL OF YOUR LOVE
ON VALENTINE'S DAY, SEND A WHITE ROSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 02-14-1967

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AMISH COURTSHIP CUSTOM

AMISH FARMERS OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINT THEIR
GATES BRIGHT BLUE TO INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF AN UNMARRIED
DAUGHTER. THIS GIVES YOUNG MEN PERMISSION TO INTRODUCE
THEMSELVES TO THE GIRL'S PARENTS IN ORDER TO ASK THEIR
PERMISSION TO COURT THEIR DAUGHTER. IN ADDITION, AMISH
HOUSES ARE BUILT WITH A VERY SMALL WINDOW AT THE PEAK OF
THE HOUSE. THE WINDOW IS LEFT OPEN, TRADITIONALLY, SO
THAT THE YOUNG MAN MAY SECRETLY VISIT THE YOUNG LADY.
HOWEVER, THE WINDOW IS PURPOSELY BUILT TOO SMALL TO ALLOW
SUCH CLANDESTINE VISITATION.
MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE RECALLS SEEING SUCH HOUSES
IN PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE 1940'S.

Submitter comment: THE MOTHER'S NAME IS MARY MORSILLO GINGERICH, BORN
OCTOBER 3, 1937, FARRELL, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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ONE MAKES A GUM WRAPPER CHAIN AS LONG AS YOUR
BOYFRIEND IS TALL. THEN YOU BURN IT AND GIVE
THE ASHES TO HIM IN AN ENVELOPE. WHEN YOU BREAK UP
HE THROWS THE ASHES AWAY--SCATTERING THEM TO THE
WIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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DURING THE LATE 1950S, YOUNG GIRLS OFTEN WORE SADDLE
OXFORDS {SHOES} WITH BUCKLES ON THE HEELS. IF
THE BUCKLES WERE FASTENED THE GIRL WAS SHOWING THAT
SHE WAS GOING STEADY. IF THE BUCKLES WERE UNFASTENED,
THE GIRL WAS AVAILABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00001950S LATE

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