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IT IS A CUSTOM AT A WEDDING RECEPTION FOR THE GROOM TO REMOVE A
BLUE GARTER FROM THE BRIDES' LEG AND THROW IT OVER HIS RIGHT
SHOULDER TO THE BACHELORS. THE LUCKY ONE WHO CATCHES IT WILL BE
THE NEXT ONE TO GET MARRIED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 09-06-1972

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POLISH WEDDING

AT POLISH WEDDINGS, JUST AFTER THE WEDDING CAKE IS CUT,
THE BRIDE IS SEATED ON A CHAIR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
DANCE FLOOR. THE GROOM THEN COMES UP TO HER,
REACHES UP HER DRESS AND TAKES HER GARTER BELT OFF.
THEN ALL OF THE ELIGIBLE BACHELORS LINE UP IN A
MOB IN BACK OF THE GROOM. THE GROOM COUNTS THREE
AND THROWS IT BACKWARDS OVER HIS HEAD. THE MAN WHO
CATCHES IT IS TRADITIONALLY THE NEXT TO BE MARRIED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 00001964 SPRING

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BRIDE THROWS HER BOUQUET TO THE UNMARRIED GIRLS.
GROOM THROWS GARTER TO THE ELIGIBLE BACHELORS.
THE LUCKY BACHELOR THEN PUTS THE GARTER ON THE GIRL
WHO CATCHES THE BOUQUET.

Submitter comment: WITNESSED BY ME.

Data entry tech comment: LUCKY UNDERLINED, AS IF IN SARCASM.
CO[ WITNESSED BY ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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AT THE POLISH RECEPTIONS, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE GROOM
TO REMOVE THE GARTER FROM THE BRIDE'S LEG. THEN, THE
GROOM WITH HIS BACK FACING A GROUP OF SINGLE YOUNG MEN
THROWS THE GARTER INTO THE CROWD. THE YOUNG MAN
CATCHING THE GARTER IS THOUGHTS IN THE MINDS OF MANY,
TO BE THE NEXT ONE TO BE MARRIED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM THE WEDDINGS OF HIS TWO
BROTHERS AND OTHER POLISH WEDDINGS HE HAS ATTENDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 10-13-1971

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AT POLISH WEDDING RECEPTIONS, THE SINGLE MAN WHO CATCHES
THE BRIDE'S GARTER IS SUPPOSED TO PLACE IT ON THE LEG
OF THE GIRL WHO CAUGHT THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET OF FLOWERS.
IT IS BELIEVED BY MANY THAT THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE VERY
LIKELY TO GET MARRIED BEFORE LONG. HOWEVER, NOT
NECESSARILY WILL THEY GET MARRIED TO EACH OTHER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RELATES THIS AS HE HAS SEEN IT DONE ON A
NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. IT IS A COMMONLY PRACTICED
CUSTOM AT POLISH WEDDINGS, ACCORDING TO HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 10-27-1971

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THE GROOM, AFTER DINNER, TAKES THE GARTER OFF OF THE
BRIDE'S LEG AND THROWS IT INTO A GROUP OF SINGLE
MEN. THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE GARTER IS SUPPOSED
TO BE THE NEXT TO MARRY. HE MUST ALSO PLACE THE GARTER
ON THE LEG OF THE GIRL WHO CAUGHT THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET.
IT IS HOPED THAT THESE TWO PEOPLE WILL MARRY EACH OTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 03-30-1970

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CUSTOM

THE GROOM THROWING THE BRIDE'S GARTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEAR THE END OF THE RECEPTION, THE SINGLE MEN GROUP
THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE BANDSTAND, ABOUT FIFTEEN
FEET AWAY FROM IT. THE GROOM STANDS ON THE STAGE,
WITH HIS BACK FACING THEM. HE THEN FLINGS THE BRIDE'S
GARTER OVER HIS SHOULDER. THE SINGLE MAN WHO CATCHES
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE NEXT ONE TO BE MARRIED.
HE ALSO GETS TO SLIP THE GARTER ON THE GIRL WHO HAS
CAUGHT THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET. SHE USUALLY SITS ON A
CHAIR IN THE CENTER OF THE HALL WHILE HE KNEELS ON ONE
KNEE AND SLIDES IT UP JUST A LITTLE PAST HER KNEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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AT POLISH WEDDINGS, THE MAN WHO CATCHES THE GARTER
OF THE BRIDE PUTS IT ON THE LEG OF THE GIRL WHO
CATCHES THE BOUQUET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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WHEN THE BRIDE THROWS HER BOUQUET, THE GIRL WHO
CATCHES IT WILL BE THE NEXT ONE TO MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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AT A WEDDING, THE MALE WHO CATCHES THE GARTER IS
SUPPOSED TO BE MARRIED NEXT; AND THE GIRL WHO CATCHES
THE BOUQUET ALSO IS TO BE MARRIED NEXT.

Submitter comment: KNOWN CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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AT THE POLISH WEDDING RECEPTION, WHEN THE GROOM TAKES
OFF THE BRIDE'S GARTER, A BOWL OF WATER IS PLACED
UNDERNEATH HER CHAIR TO SYMBOLIZE HER EXCITEMENT.

Data entry tech comment: URINATION?
CN[ ADDY, MARY LOU

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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