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MARRIAGE: RECEPTION ACTIVITIES

AT THE RECEPTION OF A POLISH WEDDING, THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE MET
AT THE ENTRANCE BY THE HEAD COOK, WHO HAS PREPARED THE MEAL FOR THE
RECEPTION, WITH BREAD AND WATER. THE COUPLE, BEFORE ENTERING, WILL
EAT THE BREAD AND DRINK THE WATER AS A SYMBOL SO THAT IN THEIR
LIFETIME THEY MAY NEVER BY HUNGRY OR THIRSTY.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS SOMETIMES PRACTICED TODAY, DEPENDING ON THE PEOPLE
INVOLVED WITH THE RECEPTION DINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 11-00-1977 ; 00-00-1964

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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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THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE GIVEN SALT AND BREAD TO ASSURE THEM THAT THE
WILL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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POLISH WEDDING CUSTOM

IT IS THE CUSTOM FOR THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE BRIDE'S
FAMILY TO GREET THE NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE AT THE HOME
AFTER MASS. THIS MEMBER IS TO MEET THEM AT THE DOOR
CARRYING A PLATE WITH A PIECE OF RYE BREAD WITH SALT
WHICH THE NEWLYWEDS ARE TO EAT. THIS SYMBOLIZES THE
WISH OF THE WHOLE FAMILY THAT THEY WILL NEVER WANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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AT A POLISH WEDDING, WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM ENTER THE
RECEPTION ROOM; THEY BREAD BREAD AND TASTE SALT.

Submitter comment: SHE WAS NOT SURE WHY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM, AFTER
THEIR WEDDING, AS THEY ENTER THE RECEPTION HALL, TO
BREAK BREAD TO SYMBOLIZE FULLNESS OF LIFE AND
TASTE SALT TO SYMBOLIZE SOME BITTERNESS WILL COME
IN THEIR LIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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POLISH WEDDING

BRIDE AND GROOM ARE GIVEN A PIECE OF BREAD AND A BIT
OF SALT TO EAT SO THAT THEY WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY
AND WILL TAKE THE BITTER WITH THE SWEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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A BRIDE AND GROOM DIP A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD IN SALT
BEFORE THE RECEPTION. REASON FOR THIS IS NOT KNOWN.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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IN SOME POLISH WEDDINGS, THE COUPLE IS BROUGHT TO THE
HOME AFTER THE CEREMONY. THE COUPLE IS THEN GIVEN
SALT AND BREAD. THIS IS DONE SO THE NEW COUPLE WILL
ALWAYS HAVE FOOD IN THEIR HOME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S WEDDING WAS DONE IN THIS MANNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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POLISH WEDDINGS

AT THE RECEPTION, DARK BREAD, SALT, AND WINE WOULD BE
PRESENT TO SYMBOLIZE ENOUGH TO EAT IN THE FUTURE
FOR THE NEW COUPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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IT IS A POLISH WEDDING CUSTOM THAT WHEN THE BRIDE AND
GROOM ARRIVE AT THE RECEPTION THEY ARE EACH GIVEN
A PIECE OF BREAD DIPPED IN SALT. THIS IS TO GIVE
THEM A HAPPY AND FERTILE MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 10-29-1969

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AT A POLISH WEDDING THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE GIVEN A
PIECE OF BREAD AND A BIT OF SALT TO EAT SO THAT
THEY WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY AND WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE
THE BITTER WITH THE SWEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 10-12-1969

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AFTER THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY, THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM
GO TO THE HALL OR THE HOUSE WHERE THE RECEPTION IS TO
BE HELD. THE FIRST THINGS THAT THEY EAT WHEN THEY
ARRIVE CONSIST OF WATER, SALT AND BREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 02-24-1970

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POLISH WEDDING CUSTOM

WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM GET TO THE RECEPTION HALL,
THEY ARE GREETED BY THE MATRON OF HONOR. THE MATRON OF
HONOR HAS A TRAY CONTAINING A LITTLE SALT AND A
DRINK UPON IT AND THEY (BRIDE AND GROOM) EAT SOME
SALT AND SIP THE DRINK WHILE THE MATRON OF HONOR
ANNOUNCES THAT THEY WILL NEVER THIRST OR HUNGER IN
THEIR MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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AT THE DOOR OF A POLISH WEDDING RECEPTION, THE BRIDE
AND GROOM ARE GIVEN SALT, BREAD, AND WATER. THE
SALT SYMBOLIZES THE BITTERNESS THAT WILL COME THEIR
WAY, THE BREAD SYMBOLIZES THE ABUNDANCES THEY WILL
RECEIVE AND SHARE, AND THE WATER IS TO WASH DOWN THE
SALT AND BREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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AT A POLISH WEDDING RECEPTION AS THE BRIDE AND GROOM
ENTER THE HALL, THEY TAKE A BITE OF BREAD AND A
TASTE OF SALT TO REMIND THEM THAT THEY MUST ACCEPT
THE BAD WITH THE GOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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AFTER MARRIAGE CEREMONY, WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE
ABOUT TO ENTER THE PLACE WHERE THE WEDDING BREAKFAST
IS HELD, THEY ARE GIVEN BREAD AND SALT TO EAT.
MEANING: ALWAYS HAVE BREAD AS A SOURCE OF LIFE.
ABUNDANCE IN LIFE AS MANY AS THE GRAINS OF SALT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN POLAND.

Where learned: POLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 11-10-1967

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