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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS IN MEXICO

IF A GIRL IS NOT GIVEN PERMISSION TO MARRY THE BOY WHO REQUESTS TO
THE FATHER IS PERSUADED BY THE OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS TO GRANT
HOUSE SO THAT SHE MAY CONTINUE TO SEE THE BOY. DURING THIS TIME
MARRY HER, THE GIRL IS USUALLY TAKEN TO ANOTHER MARRIED COUPLE'S
PERMISSION TO MARRY.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

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

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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POLISH TRADITION

IF A YOUNG LADY BRINGS HER SUITOR HOME TO MEET HER PARENTS AND IF
HER PARENTS NEITHER APPROVE OF NOR APPRECIATE THE YOUNG MAN'S
INTEREST IN THEIR DAUGHTER THEY SERVE HIM "CZARNIA" (A BLACKCOLORED
SOUP MADE OF DUCK'S BLOOD--VERY DELICIOUS, CONSIDERED A DELICACY) AS
A POLITE HINT TO "HIT THE ROAD".

Submitter comment: IT'S REALLY UNFAIR TO PUT A COLLECTION DATE ON THIS EXAMPLE--I THINK
I'VE KNOWN ABOUT IT ALL MY LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WEDDING

IN UKRAINE, HUSBAND-TO-BE MUST ALWAYS BE ACCOMPANIED BY TWO OLDER
FRIENDS WHEN HE ANNOUNCES HIS INTENTION OF MARRIAGE TO THE GIRL'S
PARENTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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ENGAGEMENT PRACTICES IN MEXICO
THE BOY WHO WISHES TO GET ENGAGED TO A GIRL COMES TO THE GIRL'S
HOUSE TOGETHER WITH HIS FATHER AND HIS PRIEST, THE BOY THEN ASKS
PERMISSION TO BE ENGAGED TO HIS GIRL. THE FATHER THEN MAY CONSENT
OR NOT, IF HE DOES, THEN HE WILL SET A TIME LIMIT IN WHICH THE TWO
MAY BE MARRIED. THIS MAY BE A MONTH OR A YEAR AND A HALF.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

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

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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UKRAINIAN WEDDING ENGAGEMENT

WHEN A MAN WANTS TO MARRY A CERTAIN GIRL, HE SENDS TWO WITNESSES
OR INTERMEDIARIES CALLED 'STAROSTY', TO THE PARENTS OF THE
GIRL. THEY ASK FOR THE GIRL'S HAND IN MARRIAGE FOR THEIR FRIEND,
AND THE FATHER TALKS OVER THE GIRL'S DOWRY WITH THEM--HOW MUCH
LAND AND ANIMALS SHE WILL GET. AFTER THE DECISION IS MADE, THE
GIRL BRINGS OUT TWO LONG PIECES OF EMBROIDERED CLOTH, AND PUTS
THEM ON THE TWO"STAROSTY", AROUND THEIR NECKS, CROSSED IN FRONT,
AROUND THE WAIST, AND TIED IN FRONT. THESE SYMBOLIZE A FORMAL
ENGAGEMENT AND TO BREAK THE ENGAGEMENT IS FORBIDDEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM: PERMISSION TO MARRY

IT WAS CUSTOMARY AMONG THE POLISH MEN TO ASK PERMISSION OF THE
MOTHER AND THEN THE FATHER BEFORE PROPOSING TO THE GIRL HE WISHED
TO WED. HE ASKED PERMISSION WHILE KNEELING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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LITHUANIAN MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IN THE OLDEN DAYS, THE BOY HAD TO COME TO THE GIRL'S FATHER'S
FARM WITH A MATCHMAKER TO ASK HER FATHER FOR HIS DAUGHTER'S HAND
RIGHT AWAY, MAYBE HE TOLD THE YOUNG MAN TO REMAIN ON HIS FARM
TO PERFORM SOME DEEDS FOR HIM.
HOWEVER, THROUGH THE YEARS AND CENTURIES, CUSTOMS HAVE
IN MARRIAGE. SOMETIMES THE FATHER SAID YES RIGHT AWAY, MAYBE NO
CHANGED. IN THE 18TH CENTURY, THE YOUNG MAN STILL HAD TO ASK
THE GIRL'S FATHER FOR HER HAND, BUT DIDN'T HAVE TO HAVE A
MATCHMAKER.
THE PREPARATIONS WERE GREAT AND VERY FESTIVE. FIRST OF ALL, ALL
THE GIRLS THAT WERE TO BE HER BRIDESMAIDS WOVE HER A WREATH OUT OF
DAISIES OR 'RUTAS': THIS THEY PLACED UPON HER HEAD ON TOP OF A
WHITE VEIL. THE BRIDE CARRIED A LARGE BOUQUET OF WILD FLOWERS.
THE CEREMONIES WERE USUALLY HELD OUTSIDE IF IN THE SPRING OR
SUMMER. AFTER THEY PRONOUNCED THEIR VOWS, THE VILLAGE CHIMES AND
CHURCH BELLS WOULD START RINGING. LATER BRIDESMAIDS WOULD TAKE
OFF HER VEIL AND WRAP AROUND HER HEAD A WHITE BLESSED SHEET WHICH
COVERED ALL OF HER HEAD AND HAIR. IT RESEMBLED THE OLD NUN'S HABITS
HERE IN AMERICA. ALL MARRIED WOMEN WORE THESE HEAD COVERINGS.
AFTER THAT, THE FESTIVITIES WOULD START AND LAST FOR THREE
DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. THE YOUNG COUPLE WENT AWAY TOGETHER
QUIETLY FOR ONLY A WEEK OR SO AND THEN SETTLED DOWN TO MARRIED LIFE.
IT WAS CUSTOMARY TO SHARE ANY LEFTOVER FOOD WITH THE GUESTS, AND TO
GIVE AWAY HALF OF THE FLOWERS. AT ALL LITHUANIAN WEDDINGS THERE
MUST BE PLENTY OF FLOWERS, AND PLENTY OF FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC, SINGING
AND DANCING.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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INDIAN MARRIAGE CUSTOM

WHEN TWO PEOPLE WANT TO GET MARRIED, THEY NOTIFY THEIR MOTHER.
SHE IN TURN NOTIFIES THE FATHER. THEN THE TWO OF THEM NOTIFY THE
GIRL'S PARENTS. THE FAMILIES ARE INTRODUCED AND NOTHING IS DONE
UNLESS THE ENTIRE FAMILY CONSENTS THAT THE FAMILY IS WORTHY AND
RESPECTABLE. THIS IS A RESULT OF A HIGH TRADITIONAL PRIDE IN
ONE'S OWN FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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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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