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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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CANDLE CEREMONY

THE GIRLS OF THE SORORITY ALL FORM A CIRCLE. A CANDLE IS PASSED
AROUND FROM GIRL TO GIRL WHILE THEY ARE SINGING THE SISTERHOOD
SONG. EACH TIME THE CANDLE PASSES THE GIRL IT STANDS FOR A
DIFFERENT STAGE. AT THE APPROPRIATE STAGE SHE BLOWS OUT THE CANDLE.
1. LAVALEERED OR PEARLED 2. PINNED 3. ENGAGED 4. MARRIED
5. PREGNANT

Data entry tech comment: LAVALIERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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CANDLE CEREMONY

IN OUR SORORITY, WE GATHER AROUND IN A CIRCLE IN A DARK
ROOM AND PASS AROUND A WHITE CANDLE FROM ONE GIRL TO THE NEXT
WHILE SINGING OUR SORORITY SONGS. WHOEVER BLOWS IT OUT THE FIRST
TIME WHILE IT IS BEING PASSED IS RINGED; THE SECOND IS PINNED; AND
THE THIRD ENGAGED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 04-03-1971

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DORMITORY CUSTOM

EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT IN CERTAIN DORMS, A GROUP OF GIRLS GATHER
ROUND IN A CIRCLE. THEY PASS A LIGHTED CANDLE AROUND. IF A GIRL
STOPS THE CANDLE THE FIRST TIME, IT MEANS THAT SHE HAS BEEN
LAVALIERED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE CANDLE GOES AROUND AGAIN AND IF
IT IS STOPPED, THAT GIRL HAS BEEN PINNED. THE CANDLE IS PASSED
AROUND FOR THE THIRD TIME AND WHOEVER STOPS IT THEN HAS BEEN
ENGAGED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT A FRIEND OF HERS MENTIONED DOING THIS
EVERY SUNDAY AT HER COLLEGE IN MISSOURI.

Data entry tech comment: LAVALIERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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WEDDING

THE TWO FRIENDS ACCOMPANYING HUSBAND-TO-BE TO HIS ENGAGEMENT
ALWAYS BROUGHT BREAD AND CANES ALONG TO SHOW THEIR HONOR AND
DIGNITY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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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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ENGAGEMENT CEREMONY

FAMILY GATHERS, IN EITHER HOME OF THE COUPLE THAT IS GETTING MARRIED.
THE CLOSEST FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ARE INVITED. PRIEST BLESSES
THE RINGS AND THEY ARE EXCHANGED. CELEBRATION PROCEDES WITH DRINKING,
AND LAUGHTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

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ENGAGEMENTS IN INDIA

AFTER PRIEST BLESSES RINGS AND THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHER IT IS
THOUGHT TO BE MADE OFFICIAL. FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS FOLLOWING
THE PRIEST ANNOUNCES THE ENGAGEMENT DURING MASS. PURPOSE: ANYONE
WHO KNOWS ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THE ENGAGEMENT IS TO TELL THE PRIEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 12-00-1982

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CANDLE LIGHT

IN THE WOMEN'S DORMS AT STATE, WHENEVER A GIRL BECOMES
ENGAGED OR PINNED SHE TELLS ONLY THE RESIDENT ADVISER
ON HER FLOOR WHO THEN POSTS AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT
THERE WILL BE A "CANDLE-LIGHT." THE GIRLS MEET AND
EACH HOLD A LIGHTED CANDLE. THEY SIT IN A CIRCLE AND
RECITE A POEM, EACH SAYING ONE WORD (THIS IS USUALLY
A FAMILIAR LOVE POEM, SOMETIMES ONE WRITTEN ESPECIALLY
FOR THE OCCASION). WHEN IT IS THE TURN OF THE GIRL
WHO IS ENGAGED, SHE THEN BLOWS OUT HER CANDLE. THEN
ANNOUNCES SHE IS THE ONE.

Submitter comment: A POSSIBLE VARIATION OF THIS I HAVE HEARD IN PASSING,
ONE LIT CANDLE AROUND UNTIL THE ENGAGED GIRL BLOWS IT
OUT. WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE TURNED BACK ON, SHE SHOWS
EVERYONE HER RING OR PIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN STATE STUDENT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; EAST LANSING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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