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SOUP PICNIC

EVERY LABOR DAY, FOR AT LEAST FORTY YEARS, BUT NOT SINCE 1971,
THE ROHR FAMILY HELD WHAT THEY CALLED A "SOUP PICNIC." EACH INDI-
VIDUAL FAMILY WOULD BRING A PAN OF VEGETABLE SOUP, AND AT THE PICNIC
SITE (WHICH TRADED OFF FROM FAMILY TO FAMILY YEARLY) THE SOUPS WOULD
BE COMBINED IN A BIG BUTCHERING KETTLE, AND HEATED OVER AN OPEN
FIRE. THE FAMILY MADE A DAY OF IT, AND WOULD EAT THE SOUP BOTH FOR
LUNCH AND SUPPER THAT DAY.
WHEN THE CUSTOM FIRST STARTED, THE MEALS CONSISTED SOLELY OF
SOUP AND CRACKERS. AFTER A FEW YEARS, CORN ON THE COB WAS ADDED,
SINCE MANY OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE GROWING IT, AND IT WAS PLENTI-
FUL DURING THE LATE SUMMER. AFTER A FEW YEARS, DESSERTS WERE ALSO
ADDED TO THE TRADITION, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS KEPT AT THAT--NEVER ANY
SIDE DISHES, OR MEAT (OTHER THAN THAT IN THE SOUP ITSELF.) (IN MY
WORDS)

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F0900
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Kind of heatCooking equipment
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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ADVENT CALENDAR

FOR ADVENT ONE OF THE KIDS IN THE FAMILY (USUALLY THE OLDEST)
WOULD MAKE AN ADVENT CALENDAR. THIS CONSISTS OF TWO LARGE
PIECES OF CARDBOARD PUT TOGETHER. THERE WOULD BE A PICTURE ON ONE
SIDE AND CERTAIN ITEMS IN THE PICTURE WOULD BE NUMBERED AND MADE
SO IT COULD BE OPENED. BEHIND EACH NUMBER (ONE FOR EACH DAY
OF DECEMBER) WOULD BE A PICTURE AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY WOULD
GUESS WHAT IT WOULD BE. ALWAYS BEHIND #25 WOULD BE THE
NATIVITY SCENE. ONLY ONE NUMBER WOULD BE OPENED A DAY. THERE
WAS NO REWARD FOR GUESSING THE RIGHT PICTURE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.
 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 645 645.2
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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RABBIT

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH, IF A PERSON SAYS
RABBIT THE VERY FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, THE
REST OF THE MONTH WILL BE GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY DOES THIS EACH MONTH, AND HAS
BEEN DOING THIS SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE LIVED
IN CALIFORNIA WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Keyword(s): AWAKENING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 (April Fool's Day)
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 1 All Saints
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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LUCK

ON THE FIRST DAY OF ANY MONTH AS SOON AS A PERSON WAKES UP
THEY SHOULD SAY "RABBIT, RABBIT, RABBIT."
IF THEY FORGET TO DO THIS, AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN THEY ARE GOING
TO SLEEP THEY SHOULD SAY "TIBBAR, TIBBAR, TIBBAR"

Submitter comment: "TIBBAR, TIBBAR, TIBBAR." IS "RABBIT, RABBIT, RABBIT." BACKWARDS.
SAYING THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.
I LEARNED THIS IN PROBABLY JULY OF 1973.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001970S

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GERMAN CUSTOM

IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST ALL THE CHILDREN GET LANTERNS
WITH CANDLES IN THEM. AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS DARK, THEY
GO WALKING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CUSTOM THE INFORMANT WITNESSED WHILE IN
GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 03-16-1971

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THAI NEW YEAR'S DAY

THE THAI NEW YEAR'S DAY IS ON APRIL 13TH.
IN THE MORNING WE GO TO THE TEMPLE TO PRAY AND TO GIVE
FOOD TO THE MONKS. THEN WE CELEBRATE IN THE AFTERNOON
BY THROWING WATER ON EACH OTHER. THE REASON FOR THE
WATER IS BECAUSE APRIL IS THE HOTTEST MONTH IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPRINKLING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 13
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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TILL APRIL'S DEAD, CAST NOT A THREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

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Balinese and Chinese custom

One month after the birth of a baby a bracelet is placed on
the baby for good luck and good health.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Superstition

Never eat fish in a month without an "R" in it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CALENDAR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 00001930ca

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Calendar Rhyme

Thirty days are in September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
But February, it is done
At twenty-eight, though leap one more
Whenever the year divides by four.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MONTHS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month

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OYSTERS WERE NEVER EATEN IN THE MONTHS THAT HAD NO
"R" IN THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consumption ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Letter ; Oysters ; RITUAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WEDDING BELIEF

NEVER GET MARRIED DURING THE MONTH OF MAY BECAUSE THIS
IS A MONTH OF SORROW AND YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Marriage Time or day of ceremony
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.41

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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