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GROOM HAS A "STAG PARTY".
THIS PARTY CONSISTS OF MALE ONLY. USUALLY THE FRIENDS OF THE GROOM
GIVE THE PARTY. THE ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE PLACE ARE KNOWN AS THE
LAST "FLING" MEANING, THE HUSBAND COES THINGS HE MAY NOT DO ONCE
HE'S MARRIED. FOR EXAMPLE, STAY OUT LATE WITH THE BOYS AND DRINK
UNTIL HE IS DRUNK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bachelor parties

Date learned: 12-00-1982

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HENNA PARTY

THE ARMENIAN PEOPLE HAVE A NICE CUSTOM CONCERNED WITH
MARRIAGE. THE WEEK BEFORE A GIRL GETS MARRIED, HER
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES (GIRLS) GIVE HER A PARTY. AT
THE PARTY ALL OF THE SINGLE GIRLS DIP THEIR LITTLE
FINGER AS FAR DOWN AS THE NAIL INTO HENNA (RED DIE).
THEY PUT A GRAPE LEAF AROUND IT TO DRY THE FINGER.
THE GIRLS HAVE THIS STAIN ON THEIR FINGER FOR SOME
TIME TO BRING THE ENGAGED GIRL GOOD LUCK. BY THE
TIME THE HENNA WEARS OFF, THE SINGLE GIRL SHOULD
HAVE FOUND A ROMANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bachelor parties

Date learned: 07-20-1964

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BACHELOR PARTY CUSTOM

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

THE GROOM IS USUALLY GIVEN A VERY LARGE JAR OF
VASELINE AS A HONEYMOON PRESENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LUBRICATION FOR SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bachelor parties

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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IN PALESTINE, ON THE NIGHT BEFORE A WEDDING, A LARGE
PARTY IS HELD AT THE HOME OF THE GROOM. EVERYONE
DANCES AND SINGS FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT. THE PARENTS
OF THE GROOM MUST FEED ALL THE PEOPLE PRESENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bachelor parties

Date learned: 03-06-1970

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IT IS CUSTOMARY THAT BEFORE A MAN GETS MARRIED, HIS
FRIENDS GET TOGETHER AND HAVE A CELEBRATION MARKING
THE END OF THE GROOM'S BACHELORHOOD. USUALLY SOME
GIFTS ARE GIVEN TO THE GROOM AND THERE IS MUCH
MERRIMENT. BUT, THE PARTY IS RESTRICTED ONLY TO THE
GROOM'S MALE FRIENDS. THIS EVENT IS COMMONLY KNOWN
AS THE "BACHELOR'S PARTY."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNOWS OF THESE THINGS BECAUSE HE HAS TWO
OLDER BROTHERS WHO ARE NOW MARRIED AND WHO DID
HAVE BACHELOR PARTIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bachelor parties

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM IN THE U.S. TO HAVE A BACHELOR
PARTY FOR THE GROOM TO BE, ONE DAY BEFORE THE
EVENT. AT THE PARTY A NAKED GIRL IS WHEELED OUT IN
A FAKE CAKE, THUS GIVING HIM HIS LAST BIT OF FREEDOM
AS A BACHELOR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bachelor parties

Date learned: 02-15-1968

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