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POLISH SUPERSTITION

THE BRIDE SHOULD NOT BREAK THE RIBBONS ON GIFTS AT THE SHOWER OR
WEDDING. IF SHE DOES, HER ENGAGEMENT OR MARRIAGE WILL BE BROKEN.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION IS BELIEVED BY THE INFORMANT. SHE SAID
THIS IS PRACTICED AT ALL SHOWERS AND WEDDINGS SHE HAS BEEN ATTENDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 10-10-1977

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PREDICTING HOW MANY CHILDREN A FUTURE BRIDE WILL HAVE.
AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS ON THE PRESENTS, BROKEN
PREDICTS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BELIEF ; Bride ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY ; GAME ; GIFT ; MARRIAGE ; Newlyweds ; Offspring ; PREDICTION ; Ribbon

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object Occasions Events
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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BAD LUCK OMEN

WHEN AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, HOWEVER MANY BOWS THE BRIDE-TO-BE BREAKS,
THATHS HOW MANY CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1947

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AT A SHOWER WHEN YOU BREAK THE RIBBONS FOR AS MANY
RIBBONS YOU BREAK, THAT'S HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU
WILL HAVE.

Submitter comment: TRADITIONAL AT SHOWERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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WHEN A BRIDE HAS A SHOWER, IF SHE BREAKS THE RIBBONS M ON HER GIFTS, SHE WILL HAVE AS MMANY CHILDREN AS THE
RIBBONS SHE BREAKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 04-07-1967

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AT A WEDDING SHOWER, IT IS THE CUSTOM FOR THE BRIDE-TO-BE
TO TAKE THE RIBBONS OFF THE GIFTS ALONE. FOR EVERY ONE
SHE HAS TO BREAK, SHE WILL HAVE A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IT IS A POPULAR BELIEF THAT FOR EVERY RIBBON A BRIDE
BREAKS OPENING HER PRESENTS AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, SHE
WILL HAVE A CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS THAT THE BRIDE-TO-BE BREAKS WHILE
OPENING BRIDAL SHOWER GIFTS INDICATES THE NUMBER OF
CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A WIDELY ACCEPTED IDEA FOR FUN, MAKING AT
BRIDAL SHOWERS I'VE ATTENDED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 10-17-1967

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