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SHIVAREE OR BELLING

CHILDREN AND GROWNUPS WOULD GATHER (FROM SEVERAL MILES
IN ALL DIRECTIONS) OUTSIDE THE HOUSE OF NEWLYWEDS ON
THEIR HONEYMOON NIGHT AND "SHIVAREE" THEM, BEATING ON
TIN PANS AND MAKING OTHER LOUD NOISES. IF THE GANG
WAS EXPECTED THAT EVENING, THE NEWLYWEDS NEVER LIT A
LAMP. THE CROWD DID NOT KNOW FOR SURE IF THEY WERE
HOME AND AFTER SOME TIME OF THIS TERRIBLE NOISE
MAKING, WOULD LEAVE. BUT IF THEY WERE SURE THEY WERE
HOME, THIS NOISE WAS KEPT UP UNTIL THE YOUNG COUPLE GOT
DRESSED AND SERVED THE GANG REFRESHMENTS. THE SHIVAREE
USUALLY TOOK PLACE ABOUT MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SHIVAREE OR BELLING CEREMONY OCCURRED AFTER A
MARRIAGE IN THE COMMUNITIES OF 50 YEARS AGO. AFTER
THE NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE RETIRED FOR THE EVENING, THE
TOWNSPEOPLE WOULD GO TO THEIR HOUSE AND MAKE ALL KINDS
OF RACKET, OFTEN WITH BELLS, UNTIL THE COUPLE INVITED
THEM IN TO TREAT THE CROWD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 00-00-1915

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CHIVEREE

THIS IS A CUSTOM WHERE WHEN PEOPLE GET MARRIED, THAT
EVENING, THE YOUNG CHILDREN GATHER AROUND WHERE THEY
ARE STAYING AND BANG ON POTS AND PANS AND CANS AND
MAKE A LOT OF NOISE. THE NEWLYWEDS MUST THROW OUT
SOME MONEY FROM THE WINDOW TO KEEP THEM QUIET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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IN MONTMORENCY COUNTY, S SHIVAREE BEGAN WITH RINGING
BELLS. MY MOTHER'S BIG BELL WAS USED OFTEN. THE
NEWLYWEDS WERE GIVEN A LITTLE NOTICE, AND THEY
WERE TO HAVE FOOD OR DRINKS READY FOR THE SHIVAREE
CROWD.
SOMETIMES, A COUPLE HAD TO GET MARRIED, OR THEY
WEREN'T WELL LIKED, AND THESE DIDN'T GET A SHIVAREE.
IF YOU DIDN'T GET SHIVAREED, IT WAS A SIGN OF BAD
LUCK ON THE MARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY MY NEIGHBOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 00001940-1950

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A CUSTOM THAT RESEMBLES CHARIVERI IN GERMANY IS CALLED
"PELTER ABEND" OR NOISE NIGHT. AFTER THE WEDDING
CEREMONY THE FRIENDS OF THE NEWLYWEDS COME OVER TO
THEIR HOUSE AND MAKE NOISE ALL EVENING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SHIVAREE CHIVAREE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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CHARIVARI IS SUPPOSED TO BE A MOCK CELEBRATION TO A
NEWLYWED COUPLE. ANY NOISE AT ALL WILL SUFFICE
FROM CLAPPING TO BEATING ON POTS AND PANS. THE
ORIGIN IS NOT KNOWN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SHIVAREE CHIVAREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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CHIVARIE IS A CUSTOM WHEREUPON WHEN TWO PERSONS GET
MARRIED, THE GROOM WILL GO OUT TO THEIR PORCH AND
THROW PENNIES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN TO
PICK UP.

Submitter comment: SHE COULD NOT RECALL WHERE SHE HAD HEARD THIS ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SHIVAREE CHIVAREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELLING

IT IS A CUSTOM IN PLYMOUTH, INDIANA TO INTRUDE ON A
NEWLYWED COUPLE AND MAKE THEM TREAT YOU TO AN ICE
CREAM AT SCHLOSSER'S PARLOR. YOU BRING ALL YOUR
FRIENDS WITH YOU AND (ILLEGIBLE WORD) QUITE LOUDLY
WITH WHISTLES AND HORNS UNTIL THEY LET YOU IN.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST
ENJOYABLE THINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIANA ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): SHIVAREE CHIVAREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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CHARIVARI

IN UPPER MICHIGAN IT WAS CUSTOMARY FOR BOYS UNDER
SIXTEEN TO FOLLOW A WEDDING PARTY HOME AND THERE
MAKE NOISE WITH THEIR VOICES, BELLS OR IRON
BANDS. THE BOYS CONTINUED THEIR NOISEMAKING
TIL THEY WERE PAID BY THE NEWLYWEDS.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM WAS LIKEWISE CUSTOMARY IN INDIANA.
GROWN MEN, HOWEVER, WERE THE NOISEMAKERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIANA ; UPPER MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): SHIVAREE CHIVAREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELLING

OFTEN ON THE WEDDING NIGHT, OR SOON AFTER, WHEN
A NEW COUPLE WERE ASLEEP, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND
EVEN STRANGERS WOULD GATHER OUTSIDE THE BEDROOM
WINDOW AND CLANG POTS, PANS, SING, ETC.
THE NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE WOULD THEN HAVE TO INVITE
THE CROWD IN AND GIVE THEM A TREAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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IN ITALY AFTER THE WEDDING PARTY, WHEN THE COUPLE
HAVE LEFT FOR THEIR NEW HOME, THE BEST MAN GATHERS
HIS FRIENDS AND THEY GO OVER AND SERENADE THE WEDDING
COUPLE. IF THE BRIDE AND GROOM DO NOT GET UP AND
GIVE THEM A DRINK, THE GROUP WOULD START PLAYING
TRICKS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS ALWAYS TOO YOUNG TO PARTAKE IN THIS
ACTIVITY, BUT SAW IT DONE OFTEN AS A CHILD. SHE
THOUGHT IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ITALY ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 02-06-1972 ; CHILDHOOD

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IN FRANCE ON A COUPLE'S WEDDING NIGHT, IT IS TRADITIONAL
THAT RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE COUPLE DISTURB THEM
THROUGH THE NIGHT BY PULLING PRANKS AND THROWING
ROCKS AT THEIR WINDOWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; FRANCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 03-24-1971

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