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ON THE WEDDING NIGHT THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE IN A ROOM
WITH A CHICKEN. IF THE BRIDE IS A VIRGIN, THE GROOM
CUTS OFF THE HEAD OF THE CHICKEN AND THROWS IT OUT
THE WINDOW. IF THE BRIDE IS NOT A VIRGIN, THE GROOM
THROWS THE ENTIRE CHICKEN OUT THE WINDOW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE HEARD THIS CUSTOM FROM AN ITALIAN
FRIEND. IT WAS USED IN ITALY MANY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.136

Date learned: 02-20-1972

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A VERY ODD WEDDING CUSTOM AMONG A SMALL MINORITY
CHURCH. THE WEDDING TAKES PLACE, AND THEN THE BRIDE
AND GROOM SPEND A NIGHT TOGETHER, TO SEE IF THE GIRL
IS A VIRGIN OR NOT. IF SHE IS NOT, THE MARRIAGE
IS NULL AND VOID. IF SHE IS A VIRGIN, THEN THE
LARGER CEREMONY TAKES PLACE ALONG WITH THE WEDDING
CELEBRATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; LEBANON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.136

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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