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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS AN APPLE, THIN AS A KNIFE;/ ANSWER THIS RIDDLE AND I'LL
BE YOUR WIFE.
A: A DIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM FRIEND IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): EATABLE (Q) ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; PERSON (Q) ; UTENSIL (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.545
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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BELGIUM DATING CUSTON

IN BELGIUM, IF A FELLOW IS GOING WITH A GIRL AND SHE DROPS HIM AND
THEN MARRIES SOMEONE ELSE, ALL OF THE DROPPED FELLOW'S FRIENDS
HOLD A BIG PARTY FOR HIM. THIS IS A MOCK WHICH OCCURS ON THE NIGHT
OF THE GIRL'S WEDDING.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

Data entry tech comment: PUNCTUATION CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROPOSAL TO MARRY

IN THE IRISH WAY OF PROPOSING, THE GIRL IS ASKED: "HOW WOULD YOU
LIKE TO BE BURIED WITH MY PEOPLE".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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WEDDING CUSTOM

IN THE UKRAINE, IF A GIRL ACCEPTED A BOY'S PROPOSAL, SHE PUT A
HANKERCHIEF INSIDE OF HIS BELT, AND TIED EMBROIDERED TOWELS AROUND
THE ARMS OF THE TWO FRIENDS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN THE UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HANDKERCHIEF

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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WEDDING CUSTOM

IN THE UKRAINE, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE GIRL FRIEND TO GIVE THE BOY
FRIEND A WATERMELON IF SHE REJECTS HIS PROPOSAL FOR MARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES IN THE UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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HOW PROPOSALS ARE MADE IN MEXICO.

IN MEXICO WHEN MARRIAGE PROPOSALS ARE MADE BOTH FAMILIES MEET AND
SIT IN A CIRCLE. ONE FAMILY FORMS ONE HALF AND THE OTHER FAMILY
FORMS THE OTHER HALF. THE FATHERS SIT TOGETHER AT THE BEGINNING
OF THE CIRCLE AND THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM-TO-BE SIT AT END
OF THE CIRCLE. THE PROPOSAL IS MADE BY THE FATHER OF THE GROOM-TO-
BE, TO THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE-TO-BE. IF IT IS ACCEPTED THE RING
IS PASSED FROM THE GROOM THROUGH HIS FAMILY TO HIS FATHER WHO GIVES
IT TO THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE TO BE, WHO THEN PASSES IT DOWN
THROUGH HIS FAMILY TO HIS DAUGHTER WHO IS GETTING MARRIED, AND
SHE PUTS IT ON HER FINGER HERSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Asking permission to marry
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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ARGENTINIAN VALENTINES DAY

IN ARGENTINA WE DON'T HAVE AN OFFICIAL VALENTINES DAY LIKE IT
IS CELEBRATED IN THE UNITED STATES WITH THE EXCHANGE OF CARDS
AND CANDY. INSTEAD EL DIA DE LOS ENAMORADOS IS THE DAY THAT
REPLACES THE LOVERS DAY. IT IS SAID THAT ON THIS DAY THE WOMEN CAN
PROPOSE MARRIAGE TO THE MEN. MANY WOMEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS
RIGHT ON FEBRUARY 14.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; ROLE-REVERSAL ; SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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AN ESCAPE TO AMERICA

ONE OF MY DEAREST FRIENDS, NORA SHEPPARD IS 96 YEARS OLD, AND
EVERYONE CALLS HER GRANDMA SHEP. GRANDMA SHEP AS A SWEET
YOUNG COLLEEN EMIGRATING FROM ENGLAND TO THE BRIGHT LAND
OF OPPORTUNITY AND PROMISE, WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE COMING
TO THE UNITED STATES. AT ELLIS ISLAND THE OFFICIALS WERE
CHECKING CAREFULLY THE DOCUMENTS. NORA WAS ONLY SIXTEEN YEARS
OLD AND HAD NO RELATIVE TO SPONSOR HER. THE OFFICIAL SHOOK
HIS HEAD NO. THE FRANTIC YOUNG GIRL TURNED TO THE STOCKY
BOY WHO SHE HAD BECOME GOOD FRIENDS WITH AND SAID, "PLEASE
WOULD YOU MARRY ME?" WITHIN AN HOUR THE PRIEST HAD BLESSED
THE YOUNG COUPLE AND THEY WERE DULY WED. THEY SETTLED IN
THEIR NEW COUNTRY AND THE LESS THAN ROMANTIC BEGINNING
DEVELOPED INTO A MARRIAGE OF 63 YEARS, 7 CHILDREN, 35
GRANDCHILDREN AND 12 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. IT WAS AND STILL
IS AN EXAMPLE OF LOVE TO ALL WHO KNOW THEM.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS STORY GETS MORE DRAMATIC EVERY TIME IT IS
TOLD BUT IT IS STILL CUTE ANYWAYS. GRANDMA SHEP IS A
CHARACTER AND I WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST HER FEISTY DETERMINED
NATURE TO PROPOSE TO A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; ROLE REVERSAL ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 00001900CA

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AT THE TIME OF PROPOSAL, THE MAN AND THE BRIDE'S
PARENTS MUST ARGUE AND BARGAIN OVER THE DOWRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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