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AT SOME POLISH WEDDINGS THE GUESTS PIN MONEY TO THE BRIDE'S VEIL.
THIS IS A TYPE OF DOWRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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WREATHES CALLED STEPHANA WORN BY THE BRIDE AND GROOM DURING
THE GREEK WEDDING CEREMONY ARE EXCHANGED ON THEIR HEADS
THREE TIMES, THEN TIED TOGETHER WITH A SATIN RIBBON TO
SIGNIFY UNITY. WHEN A SPOUSE DIES, THE SATIN RIBBON IS
CUT AND ONE WREATHE IS BURIED WITH THE DECEASED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IN BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THERE IS A WEDDING
CEREMONY WHEREBY THE PRIEST PLACES A CROWN ON THE
HEADS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM. THE CROWN SYMBOLIZES
THAT THE MAN IS KING OF HIS FAMILY AND THE BRIDE
HIS QUEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN EASTERN ORTHODOX WEDDINGS, THE CROWNS PLACED ON THE
HEADS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM SIGNIFY THE SOLIDNESS
OF THE MARRIAGE. IF THE CROWN SHAKES OR FALLS THE
MARRIAGE FAILS. IF IT STAYS FIRM THE MARRIAGE
WILL NEVER FALTER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THIS AND SAID THAT TO
HIS KNOWLEDGE, IT IS ONLY PRACTICED OUT OF TRADITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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GREEK WEDDING CUSTOM

THE BRIDE AND GROOM WEAR CROWNS AT THE WEDDING
CEREMONY AND EXCHANGE THEM THREE TIMES AS A SIGN
OF THE BLESSED TRINITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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MEXICAN WEDDING CUSTOM

WHEN THE COUPLE IS KNEELING IN FRONT OF THE PRIEST, A
RING OF FLOWERS "SEWN" TOGETHER IS LOOPED AROUND
THEIR NECKS TO SIGNIFY THE FACT THAT THE TWO HAVE
BECOME AS ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

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GREEK WEDDING CUSTOM

AT GREEK WEDDINGS THE BRIDE AND GROOM BOTH WEAR A
CROWN OF FLOWERS. THE INFORMANT DIDN'T KNOW WHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF THE WREATH FALLS
OFF OF THE HEAD OF EITHER THE BRIDE OR THE GROOM DURING
MATRIMONIAL CEREMONIES, HE OR SHE WILL DIE SOON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION PASSED ALONG FROM
RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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IN PHILIPPINE WEDDINGS THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE CONNECTED
WITH A SPECIAL VEILING CLOTH. IT WRAPS THEM TOGETHER
AS A SIGN OF THEIR UNION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE KNEELING AT THE ALTAR,
A VEIL IS PLACED ON THE HEADS OF BOTH OF THEM, AND
THEN A KNOTTED ROPE IS PLACED ON TOP OF THAT. TWO
CANDLES ARE LIGHTED. THIS SYMBOLIZES PERPETUAL
TOGETHERNESS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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SHAVADRISTI: A MARRIAGE CUSTOM

BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM WEAR VEILS WHICH ARE REMOVED
JUST PRIOR TO THEIR MARRIAGE. SUCH AN UNVEILING IS
CALLED "SHAVADRISTI" OR "BLESSED SIGHT," AND WAS
TRADITIONALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT THE COUPLE HAD EVER
SEEN EACH OTHER.
THERE IS A SEPARATE BLESSING OF BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM
BY THEIR FRIENDS..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; CALCUTTA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AT A MEXICAN WEDDING WHEN THE RINGS ARE EXCHANGED, A
FIVE DECADE ROSARY ABOUT THE SIZE OF A FIFTEEN
DECADE ONE, IS WOUND AROUND THE NECKS OF THE PAIR,
TO SYMBOLIZE THEIR UNION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ADRIAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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