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USUALLY A GREEK MAN MARRIES A WOMAN THAT IS AT LEAST
TWELVE YEARS YOUNGER THAN HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITHUANIAN WEDDING CUSTOM

AT LITHUANIAN WEDDINGS, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE
BRIDE AND GROOM TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE TOGETHER,
RATHER THAN THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE WALKING HIS
DAUGHTER TO MEET THE GROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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VIOLINS PLAY AT EVERY POLISH WEDDING DURING THE MASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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METHODIST WEDDING

THE BRIDE AND GROOM EACH RECEIVE A LIGHTED CANDLE
FROM THE MINISTER AFTER THEY SAY THEIR VOWS. THE
MINISTER, STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM, HOLDS AN UNLIGHTED
CANDLE. THE CANDLE THAT EACH HOLDS SYMBOLIZES THEIR
LIFE BEFORE MARRIAGE. THEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM LIGHT
THE CANDLE HELD BY THE MINISTER WITH BOTH OF THEIR
LIGHTED CANDLES AT THE SAME TIME. THEN THEY BLOW OUT
THE CANDLE EACH IS HOLDING. THIS CANDLE THAT THEY
LIGHT TOGETHER SYMBOLIZES THEIR LIFE TOGETHER AS A
MARRIED COUPLE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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TRADITIONAL NAVAJO MARRIAGE

THERE IS A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING WITH PHOTOGRAPH, OF A
NAVAJO WEDDING CEREMONY ON JULY 31 AT THE SMITH LAKE
CHAPTER HOUSE, NEW MEXICO. "HELEN S. HUDSON, INDIAN
VILLAGE, NEW MEXICO AND KEITH TOLINO, WHITE HORSE

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOUR THINGS ARE ALWAYS PRESENT AT AN INDIAN WEDDING.
OPEN SKY, FIRE, WATER AND LAND.

Where learned: INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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INSTEAD OF A BEST MAN AND A MAID OF HONOR SERVING AT
THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE CHOOSE TWO OLDER PEOPLE
(COULD BE PARENTS, RELATIVES, OR JUST OLDER FRIENDS).
THE GIRL HAS SIX BRIDESMAIDS WITH NO MALE PARTNERS,
EACH GIRL OR TWO GIRLS CARRY SOMETHING FOR THE BRIDE
AND GROOM. THE INFORMANT COULD NOT NAME THESE SIX
THINGS, ONE HOWEVER, IS A GARLAND WHICH IS PLACED
AROUND THE MARRIED COUPLE'S SHOULDERS BY THE TWO GIRLS
TO SYMBOLIZE THEIR ONENESS, A SECOND THING IS 12 GOLD
COINS WHICH SYMBOLIZE WEALTH IN THE FUTURE, THE PRIEST
BLESSES THESE AND GIVES THEM TO THE COUPLE. ALSO THE
BRIDESMAIDS ARE CALLED "MADRINAS," WHICH MEANS
GODMOTHERS.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; MEXICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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AT A MEXICAN WEDDING IN THE UNITED STATES, THE BRIDE'S
VEIL IS HELD UP BY THE MAID OF HONOR. ALL THE SINGLE
WOMEN GO UNDERNEATH THE VEIL.

Submitter comment: THIS WEDDING CUSTOM WAS DONE AT THE INFORMANT'S WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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