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CUSTOM

MRS. SULLIVAN SAYS THAT IT IS A CUSTOM IN COUNTY CLAIR, IRELAND,
TO PUT A LOAF OF BREAD IN FRONT OF THE DOOR TO THE HOUSE ON NEW
YEAR'S EVE AS A SIGN THAT THE COMING YEAR WILL BE PROSPEROUS AND
THE FAMILY WILL NOT STARVE.

Submitter comment: MRS. SULLIVAN'S FAMILY OBSERVED THIS CUSTOM IN COUNTY CLAIR,
IRELAND AROUND 1925.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 12-29-1963

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FOR GOOD LUCK FOR A YEAR, A GOOD LUCKING PERSON, MAN OR WOMAN
1MUST RING THE DOORBELL ON NEW YEARS EVE OR DAY.

Submitter comment: I KNOW OF MANY FAMILIES BESIDES THE LOCKHARTS WHO BELIEVE IN THIS

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD LOOKING? HANDSOME?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-01-1972

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NEW YEAR'S SAYING

IN IRELAND NEW YEAR'S SAYING "EAT PORK AND LIVE OFF THE FAT OF THE
LAND - EAT CHICKEN AND SCRATCH THE REST OF THE YEAR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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WHEN WE VISITED SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE FIRST OF THE
YEAR WE HAD TO TAKE THEM SOMETHING. IF THE FAMILY WAS NOT
TAKEN SOMETHING THEY WOULD BE IN NEED FOR THE REST OF THE
YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING AT NEW YEAR'S SEASON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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BELIEF

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE MOLTEN LEAD IS POURED INTO COLD WATER. THE LEAD
FORMS DIFFERENT SHAPES AND THEN THE FUTURE FOR THE NEW YEAR IS
READ FROM THESE SHAPES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S HUSBAND DID THIS IN FINLAND, ALSO DID THIS IN MONROE
WITH MAXINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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NEW YEAR LUCK

AT MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR EAT HERRING TO ASSURE YOURSELF OF GOOD LUCK
IN THE YEAR TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FISH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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BELIEF ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

A RAWHIDE BRACELET IS GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIEND
AS A TOKEN OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR KNOTS
ONE THE BIGGEST, IS A SQUARE KNOT REPRESENTING SOME EVIL.
THE OTHER THREE REPRESENT IN ORDER, YOUR FRIEND, YOURSELF
AND A WALL. THIS IS SAID TO MEAN THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE YOUR FRIEND
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE EVIL HEAD ON, BECAUSE YOUR FRIEND IS IN
FRONT OF YOU, AND THE WALL IS BEHIND YOU.
IT WAS SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WEAR THESE BRACELETS FOR A PERIOD OF
ONE YEAR, OR UNTIL THEY ROTTED OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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POLACK (POLISH) SUPERSTITION

IT'S A POLISH SUPERSTITION THAT IF YOU HOLD THE TAIL OF A HERRING AT
12:00 MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOU'LL BE RICH THAT WHOLE YEAR AND
FIND A LOT OF MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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Bring in the New Year with Fish

AN OLD BELIEF THAT HAS BEEN OBSERVED IN MY FAMILY:
BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FISH

Submitter comment:

WHILE I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS CUSTOM WILL BRING GOOD LUCK, MY
PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS ALWAYS ARE SURE TO START THE NEW YEAR
BY EATING A TYPE OF FISH--NO PARTICULAR TYPE. THIS IS TO
INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR. AND IN OUR HOME IT IS
ALWAYS DONE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA ; 4290 Sandy Creek

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CUSTOM

WHEN MY FATHER DIED MY BROTHERS AND I HAD OUR TIES CUT BY THE RABBI.
THIS IS THE ONLY CUSTOM CONNECTED WITH ANY OF THE CHILDREN--ONLY THE
SONS. I THINK IT IS SUPPOSED TO SYMBOLIZE THE BREAKING OF THE FATHER
AND SON RELATIONSHIP, OR A SEPARATION OF A FATHERS' DEATH FROM HIS
SON'S LIVES. AFTERWARDS, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP WHAT'S LEFT OF YOUR
TIE AND WEAR IT PINNED INSIDE OF YOUR SHIRT ON THE LEFT SIDE FOR A
YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JEWISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): NECKTIES ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE IN OUR FAMILY DIES, WE NEVER PUT A HEADSTONE ON THEIR
GRAVE UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN DEAD FOR A YEAR. I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING
TO DO WITH THE TRAVEL OF THE SOUL.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JEWISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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DEATH

FOLLOWING A DEATH, THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ALWAYS DRESSES IN BLACK. THE
WOMEN WEAR BLACK VEILS AND CHILDREN WEAR BLACK BANDS ON THEIR
ARM FOR A YEAR. THIS IS THEIR PERIOD OF MOURNING.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS FOLLOWED IN POLAND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 04-14-1979

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BAYBERRY CANDLES BURNED ON NEW YEAR'S EVE FOR PROSPERITY
IN THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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CUSTOM CELEBRATION

IN MALAYSIA THE YEAR OF THE GOAT IS A CELEBRATION THAT VARIES EACH
YEAR. IN MALAYSIA EACH NEW YEAR IS LABELED A DIFFERENT ANIMAL.
EVERY TWELVE YEARS THE CYCLE IS REPEATED. THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR
OF THE GOAT, BECAUSE THE GOAT WAS THE FIFTH ANIMAL OUT OF TWELVE TO
REACH THE DYING BUDDHA.

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

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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PURPOSE OF HERRING

EATING HERRING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, GERMANS BELIEVE WILL BRING
MONEY ALL YEAR LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: CA00001930

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FOLKLORE OF NEA YEAR'S DAY

ON NEW YEAR'S DAY EVERGREEN IS HUNG ABOVE THE DOOR. THIS INSURES
A LONG PROSPEROUS YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: CA00001935

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WIDOW ATTIRE

AFTER THE DEATH OF A WOMAN'S HUSBAND, SHE WEARS BLACK EVERY DAY FOR A
YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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IF YOU GET SLAPPED ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR GETTING
IN TROUBLE, YOU'LL PROBABLY BE IN TROUBLE EVERY DAY
DAY OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN FAMILY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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IF YOU PUT MONEY ON THE WINDOW SILL ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
YOU'LL HAVE A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR--YOU'LL NEVER BE
BROKE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS WHO RETAIN THE PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 05-10-1965

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