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POLISH FAMILIES OFTEN HAVE LARGE WEDDING SHOWERS,
USUALLY IN A HALL RATHER THAN AT A HOME. IT IS
COMMON FOR THE WHOLE WEDDING PARTY, INCLUDING THE
MALE MEMBERS, TO ATTEND THE SHOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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WHEN A YOUNG POLISH GIRL HAS A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE WOMEN
WHO ARE INVITED COME BY PLAYING AND BANGING ON THE
GIFTS THEY BRING, WHICH ARE USUALLY WASH BOARDS, TUBS,
SPOONS, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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IN TRINIDAD SHORTLY BEFORE A YOUNG GIRL IS TO BE
MARRIED, ALL HER FRIENDS GET TOGETHER AND GIVE HER
A SHOWER.
ALTHOUGH THIS CUSTOM IS QUITE SIMILAR IN THE UNITED
STATES, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. INSTEAD OF THE GUESTS
PLAYING GAMES FOR PRIZES, THEY PLAY PRACTICAL JOKES
ON THE BRIDE-TO-BE.
FOR INSTANCE, THE WOMEN WILL BLINDFOLD THE BRIDE-TO-BE
AND MAKE HER SIT ON A BOARD SUSPENDED BETWEEN TWO
CHAIRS. THEN SHE IS TOLD THAT SHE IS SITTING IN AN
AIRPLANE; AND THE WOMEN WILL LIFT UP THE BOARD JUST
AN INCH OR TWO FROM WHERE IT WAS. THEN THE GUESTS
TELL THE YOUNG (WOMAN) TO JUMP OUT OF THE AIRPLANE.
AS ONE CAN SEE, ABSOLUTELY NO MEN ARE ALLOWED TO
WITNESS THE YOUNG GIRL'S LOSS OF POISE AND DIGNITY.

Where learned: TRINIDAD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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IT IS A CUSTOM AT MANY BRIDAL SHOWERS TO TAKE THE
BOWS OFF OF THE PACKAGES AND MAKE A BOUQUET OF
BOWS OUT OF THEM, BY INSERTING THEM INTO A HOLE
CUT IN A PAPER PLATE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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AS THE NERVOUS BRIDE TO BE OPENS HER GIFTS, SOMEONE
WRITES DOWN THE THINGS SHE SAYS, USUALLY ABOUT
RIBBONS, TAPES, OR THE GIFT ITSELF. THE BRIDE
DOES NOT KNOW THIS IS BEING DONE. AFTERWARDS, IT
IS READ ALOUD AND ENTITLED "WHAT RITA SAYS ON HER
WEDDING NIGHT."

Submitter comment: INNOCENT REMARKS COME OUT SOUNDING EXTREMELY OBSCENE.
BECAUSE THE REFERENCES ARE USUALLY TO COLOR, USE,
SIZE, ETC.

Where learned: BRIDAL SHOWER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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ON THE DAY OF HER WEDDING SHOWER, AMY SERVED JORDAN
ALMONDS (CANDY COATED ALMONDS, IN VARIOUS PASTEL
COLORS) AS A SIGN FOR HOPEFUL FERTILITY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS IS A WELL KNOWN CUSTOM.

Where learned: TEXAS ; DALLAS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 02-17-1972

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WHEN POLISH PEOPLE GIVE A WEDDING SHOWER, THEY DROP A
WEDDING RING IN THE CAKE. THE PERSON WHO GETS
THE PIECE WITH THE RING IN IT, IS THE NEXT ONE TO
GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POLISH CUSTOM OF MANY YEARS.
TOLD TO ME BY MY FATHER IN OUR HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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THE DONOR OF THE SEVENTH GIFT AT A BABY SHOWER
WILL HAVE THE NEXT CHILD.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN RECEIVING KNIVES FOR A GIFT, YOU SHOULD GIVE THE
GIVER OF THE GIFT A PENNY FOR EVERY KNIFE, SO THAT
YOU MAY HAVE GOOD LUCK, INSTEAD OF BAD. THIS IS
ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN GIVING A GIFT TO A BRIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAZEL PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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