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THE WEDDINGS IN FOGLIZZO, PIEMONTE, ITALY HAVE A THREE DAY LONG
RECEPTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 12-00-1977

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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

WEDDING RING IS SLIPPED BETWEEN BRIDE,S BREAST AND GROOM MUST
RETRIEVE IT. BRIDE WEARS USUAL WEDDING GOWN AND THE CUSTOM IS DONE
DURING THE RECEPTION. THIS CUSTOM IS DONE IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF
LUZON, PHILIPPINES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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GREETINGS

AFTER THE COUPLE IS MARRIED, THEY GO TO THE BALLROOM FOR THE
RECEPTION. THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE GREETED WITH BREAD AND SALT.
THE BREAD SYMBOLIZES THAT THEY WILL NEVER LACK FOOD AND WILL ALWAYS
BE PROSPEROUS. THE SALT IS A SYMBOL FOR LIFE AND FERTILITY.

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

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-19-1979

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POLISH WEDDING CUSTOM

AT POLISH WEDDING RECEPTIONS, THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE
PRESENTED WITH SALT AND WATER BY THE GUESTS. THIS INSURES THAT
THE COUPLE WILL HAVE SUSTENANCE THROUGHOUT THEIR MARRIED LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Water

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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AT A POLISH WEDDING, AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OR RECEPTION AREA
EACH MALE OVER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE MUST DRINK TO THE BRIDE AND
GROOM WITH POLISH VODKA. IT SYMBOLIZES CONFIDENCE , APPROVAL AND
ACCEPTANCE INTO THE SOCIETY AS MAN AND WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAWKS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.16

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UKRAINIAN WEDDING BREAD - KOROVAI

IN PLACE OF THE WEDDING CAKE AT THE RECEPTION, A LARGE
CIRCULAR BREAD IS BAKED AND PLACED ON THE BRIDAL TABLE.
THE TOP OF THE BREAD IS FANCILY BRAIDED. BIRDS MADE FROM
THE SAME SWEET BREAD DOUGH ARE ATTACHED TO THE TOP AND
SIDES OF THE BREAD. THIS SPECIAL BREAD CALLED KOROVAI IS
DISTRIBUTED TO THE GUESTS. SOME OF THE GUESTS WHO RECEIVE
A BIRD, KEEP THEM AS A REMEMBRANCE OF A SPECIAL DAY.
EVEN THOUGH THE WEDDING BREAD IS STILL BEING MADE, IT DOES
NOT ALWAYS REPLACE THE WEDDING CAKE ANY MORE.

Submitter comment: MY SISTER WAS MAID OF HONOR AT A DETROIT WEDDING IN 1976.
THE BRIDE'S MOTHER HAD BAKED THE WEDDING BREAD AND MY
SISTER STILL HAS A BIRD FROM THAT WEDDING BREAD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00001950S

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A VARIATION OF THE GARTER DANCE

IN A TYPICAL WEDDING RECEPTION THERE IS A GARTER DANCE WHERE
THE GROOM TAKES THE GARTER OFF THE BRIDE AND THROWS IT OVER
HIS SHOULDER TO ALL THE SINGLE MEN. THE BRIDE THEN TAKES
HER BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AND THROWS IT OVER HER SHOULDER TO
ALL THE SINGLE WOMEN. IT THEN FOLLOWS THAT THE MAN WHO CAUGHT
THE GARTER PUTS IT ON THE LEG OF THE WOMAN WHO CAUGHT THE
BOUQUET. THE VARIATION ON THIS IS THAT WHICHEVER LEG
THE MAN PUTS THE GARTER ON, MIKE TELLS THEM IT'S THE WRONG LEG
AND THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN ON THE
RIGHT LEG.
MIKE NIXON IS THE MEMBER OF A WEDDING BAND AND THIS IDEA
CAME TO HIM WHEN SOMEONE ASKED HIM AT ANOTHER WEDDING
WHICH LEG IS THE GARTER SUPPOSED TO GO ON? MIKE TOOK
ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR A LITTLE LIGHT-HEARTED
FUN AND NOW USES THIS VARIATION AT EVERY WEDDING HE PERFORMS AT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

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AFTER THEY GOT MARRIED, WHEN THEY GOT HOME, ALL OF
THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WERE WAITING TO THROW A
PARTY FOR THEM. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED WAS
THE BEATING OF METAL DISHPANS AND OTHER METAL POTS
AND PANS WITH SPOONS, ETC.. THEY CALL THIS
"BELLING."

Submitter comment: TOOK PLACE IN NORWALK, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IT'S ALSO CUSTOMARY FOR THE PARENTS OF THE BRIDE AND
GROOM TO DO A DANCE (SOLO) AT THE WEDDING OF THEIR
CHILD.

Submitter comment: HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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IN MUNICH, GERMANY, THEY HOLD A BEER FESTIVAL EVERY
YEAR CALLED THE OCTOBER FEST TO CELEBRATE THE
MARRIAGE OF A MEDIEVAL PRINCESS. THIS HAS BEEN GOING
ON FOR AT LEAST FIVE HUNDRED YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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AFTER THE WEDDING, EVERYONE GOES BACK TO THE BRIDE'S
HOUSE AND THE GROOM COLLECTS MONEY FOR THE FIRST
BABY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER AND IT WAS PRACTICED
AT HER WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AT AN ITALIAN WEDDING, EACH PERSON PRESENT RECEIVES
A PLASTIC HEART CONTAINING SMALL ITALIAN CANDIES.
THIS IS GIVEN AS A GIFT FROM THE BRIDE AND GROOM TO
THEIR GUESTS, IN THE HOPES THAT IT WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK FOR THE FUTURE FOR THE NEW WEDDING COUPLE.

Where learned: THE PALACE HALL ; GROESBECK AND 14 MILE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 02-02-1971

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AT WEDDINGS, ALMOND CANDIES ARE GIVEN AWAY IN SOME
KIND OF CONTAINER. BUT AN UNEVEN NUMBER MUST BE
IN THE CONTAINER, OR ELSE THE COUPLE THAT IS GETTING
MARRIED WILL HAVE A BAD MARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT AT ALL OF HER CHILDREN'S WEDDINGS,
SHE MADE SURE THAT THIS WAS DONE. THE WEDDINGS WERE
ITALIAN-ORIENTED..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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AN ITALIAN CUSTOM PRACTICED AT WEDDINGS IS THE
GIVING OF CANDY COVERED ALMONDS IN A BAG TO EACH COUPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE IS A POLISH CUSTOM THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM TO PICK UP ALL OF THE GUESTS
FOR THE WEDDING AND TAKE THEM TO THE RECEPTION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT MENTIONED THAT THIS CUSTOM WAS NOT
FOLLOWED SINCE 1930.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 03-22-1970 ; 00-00-1930

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ROMANIAN CUSTOM: WHEN YOU GET MARRIED YOU ARE TO
TIP OVER A GLASS OF WINE. SIGNIFIES YOUR LEAVING
YOUR BAD HABITS BEHIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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SOVIET ARMENIANS TODAY HAVE DEFINITE MARRIAGE CUSTOMS.
AFTER THE CHURCH CEREMONY THE BRIDE AND GROOM GO TO
A HOME FOR A DINNER THERE. A BAND OF MUSICIANS
FOLLOW THE BRIDE AND GROOM TO THE HOME. BEFORE THE
COUPLE ENTERS THE HOUSE, THEY MUST STEP ON SOME DINNER
PLATES ON THE STEPS OF THE HOUSE. AFTER THE PLATES
ARE BROKEN THE COUPLE THEN ENTERS THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS DURING HER VISIT TO SOVIET
ARMENIA IN 1970

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SOVIET ARMENIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 11-01-1971 ; 00-00-1970

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AFTER A WEDDING THE BRIDE AND GROOM COME BACK TO
THE BRIDE'S HOME. THE BRIDE HAS TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR
AND WHEN ASKED WHO IS THERE, SHE MUST ANSWER BY HER
MARRIAGE NAME. THEN BOTH HER AND THE GROOM ARE GIVEN
A PIECE OF WHITE BREAD WITH SALT ON IT AND A GLASS OF
WINE. THIS IS TO SYMBOLIZE FOOD AND HAPPINESS IN THE
NEW MARRIAGE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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AT POLISH WEDDINGS WATER IS POURED UNDER THE GROOM'S
CHAIR AS A SIGN THAT HE IS NERVOUS.

Data entry tech comment: JOKE PRANK TEASE ?
CN[ BLACK, MARY LYNN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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A RUMANIAN WEDDING CUSTOM

ONE OF THE WEDDING GUESTS, A CLOSE WOMAN FRIEND OF THE
FAMILY, HOLDS ABOVE HER HEAD WITH ONE HAND, A PLATTER
ON WHICH A STUFFED CHICKEN IS SURROUNDED WITH FRUITS
AND FLOWERS, AND A LIT CIGARETTE HAS BEEN PLACED IN
THE CHICKEN'S BEAK.
SHE DANCES TO TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND APPROACHES THE TABLE
OF THE NASHA AND NASHU (SOMEWHAT COMPARABLE TO A MATRON
OF HONOR AND A BEST MAN). THEY TEMPT HER TO DRAW NEAR
THEM BY OUTSTRETCHING SOME DOLLAR BILLS. THE DANCING
WOMAN TRIES TO SNATCH THE MONEY FROM THE NASHA AND
NASHU WITHOUT LETTING THEM GRAB THE PLATTER OF CHICKEN
FROM HER.
THE CUSTOM IS VERY COLORFUL AND GAY AND USUALLY CULMIN-
ATES WITH THE CIGARETTE SMOKING CHICKEN SAILING TO
THE FLOOR ONLY AFTER THE NASHA AND NASHU HAVE TEMPTED
THE DANCING WOMAN WITH A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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