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Balinese custom

In Bali, persons who are to marry must remain in the house
for seven days to prevent bad luck.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Japanese custom

The bride-to-be receives all belongings needed for marriage,
money, clothes, furniture, etc.

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Bride

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding
BELIEF -- Marriage Gifts

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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It is a Polish custom to put a rosary in a bush outside the
night before a special day (wedding, etc) so that day will not be
rainy.

Submitter comment: On the occasions which we have done it, it has worked.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 00001950'S

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

ON THE EVE OF A GERMAN WEDDING (IN GERMANY) THE FRIENDS
OF THE GROOM STEAL THE BRIDE AWAY FROM HER HOUSE AND
THE GROOM MUST LOOK FOR HER TILL HE FINDS HER. USUALLY
HE IS EXPECTED TO FIND HER BEFORE MIDNIGHT. THE
CUSTOM IS MORE OF A TRADITIONAL PRACTICAL JOKE THAN A
SYMBOL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. IT IS NOT DONE AS MUCH
HERE AS IT WAS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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IT IS TRADITIONAL TO TIE THE GROOM'S PAJAMAS IN
KNOTS BEFORE HIS MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM FOR THE WOMEN OF THE FAMILY
TO GET TOGETHER AT THE COUPLE'S HOME ON THE
THURSDAY BEFORE THE WEDDING AND MAKE THE BED OF THE
BRIDE AND GROOM AND SOMETIMES PUT MONEY UNDER THE
MATTRESS FOR GOOD LUCK FOR THE COUPLE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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HINDU MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

THE HINDU RELIGION HAS A TRADITIONAL WAY OF WISHING
A BRIDE WELL. WHEN THE BRIDE LEAVES HER PARENTS'
HOME, SHE IS GIVEN A SMALL PLATE HUNG ON A SILVER
CHAIN WITH A CANDLE BURNING ON IT. THIS IS TO
SYMBOLIZE THAT SHE IS BRINGING 'LIGHT' WITH HER
AS SHE ENTERS HER NEW HOME.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD ME BY MISS HAJI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 01-02-1970

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ITALIAN MARRIAGE CUSTOM: YOUR GODPARENTS SHOULD BE
THE FIRST ASKED TO STAND UP AT YOUR WEDDING. IF
THEY DECLINE, THEN YOU CAN ASK SOMEONE ELSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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GERMAN--ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING, FRIENDS OF THE
FUTURE MARRIED COUPLE, BRING ALL KINDS OF EMPTY CANS
AND BOTTLES AND LEAVE THEM AT THE DOORSTEP OF THE
BRIDE. THE FUTURE COUPLE IS SUPPOSED TO CLEAR IT
TOGETHER, SIGNIFYING THEY WILL WORK TOGETHER WHEN
MARRIED.

Where learned: OFFICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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