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MARRIAGE

BEFORE A GIRL GOES TO CHURCH TO GET MARRIED SHE KNEELS BEFORE HER
PARENTS AND THEY BLESS HER. WHEN LEAVING HER HOME FOR THE WEDDING
A BAND PLAYS OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POPULAR CUSTOM IN POLAND AND IN POLISH COMMUNITIES IN
THE U.S.A.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Band, orchestra play at bride's house
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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PARENTAL WEDDING BLESSING

BEFORE THE BRIDAL COUPLE GO TO CHURCH FOR THE CEREMONY,
THEY RECEIVE A PARENTAL BLESSING. THE BRIDE'S PARENTS ARE
SEATED HOLDING AN ICON OF OUR LADY. THE COUPLE KNEEL
BEFORE THEM. THEY ASK FOR THEIR BLESSING. THE PARENTS HOLD
UP THE ICON AND BLESS THEM SAYING, "MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND
WE GIVE OUR BLESSING TOO." THE BRIDE AND GROOM KISS THE
ICON AND HER PARENTS. THE SAME CEREMONY IS REPEATED BEFORE
THE GROOM'S PARENTS WHO ARE HOLDING THE ICON OF CHRIST.
IN CASE A PARENT IS DECEASED, A CHAIR IS LEFT EMPTY. THEY
ACKNOWLEDGE THE DECEASED PARENT.

Submitter comment: THESE ICONS ARE GIVEN TO THE COUPLE FOR THEIR HOME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing

Date learned: 00001950S

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IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON THE DAY OF A YOUNG COUPLE'S
MARRIAGE, BOTH SETS OF PARENTS WOULD GATHER AT THE
BRIDE'S HOUSE. BOTH YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD KNEEL BEFORE
THEIR PARENTS AND ASK FORGIVENESS FOR ANY WRONG
THEY MIGHT HAVE DONE.

Submitter comment: SOURCE: MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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BEFORE THE CHURCH CEREMONY, THE BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM
WOULD RECEIVE A SPECIAL BLESSING WITH HOLY WATER FROM
THE PARENTS OF THE BRIDE AT HER PARENTS' HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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IN POLAND ON THE DAY OF A WEDDING THE BRIDE AND
GROOM MET AT THE BRIDE'S FATHER'S HOUSE. THEY
KNELT AT THE FEET OF THE FATHER AND THE FATHER
BLESSED THE UPCOMING MARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: THIS DIFFERS FROM THE AMERICAN CUSTOM WHICH SAYS
IT IS BAD LUCK TO SEE THE BRIDE BEFORE THE WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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INSTEAD OF THE BRIDE NOT SEEING THE GROOM ON THE DAY
OF THE WEDDING, IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM THAT BEFORE
THE CEREMONY, THE GROOM COMES OVER TO THE BRIDE'S
HOME, WHERE BOTH PARENTS HAVE BEEN GATHERED AND
THE BRIDE AND GROOM RECEIVE THE PARENTS' BLESSING
ON THEIR MARRIED LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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