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HORNY DAY

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WEARING GREEN ON THURSDAYS MEANT YOU WERE HORNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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IN LOUISIANA INSTEAD OF SERVING SOUP BEFORE A MEAL AS AN APPETIZER,
THE CREOLES SERVE GUMBO MADE OF OKRA, VEGETABLES, SEAFOOD AND
OTHER MEATS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A MUST FOR SUNDAY DINNER IN NEW ORLEANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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POLISH CUSTOM

A PERSON USUALLY TAKES A BREAK BETWEEN 3PM-6PM AND VISITS TEA SHOPS.
IF YOU ORDER TEA, IT IS BROUGHT IN A TALL THIN GLASS. SLICED LEMON
IS A MORE POPULAR ACCOMPANIMENT THAN CREAM. PASTRIES AND TARTS ARE
USUALLY SERVED WITH IT.

Submitter comment: STILL COMMONLY PRACTICED IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Other daily repast
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Flavoring Extract

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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PATRON SAINT FESTIVAL

IN EVERY TOWN THERE IS A WEEK OF CELEBRATION, PARTYING, PARADES,
AND ENTERTAINMENT IN CONMEMORATION TO THE TOWNS SAINT.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S NIGHT.

ON THE EVE OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S DAY EVERYBODY GOES TO THE
BEACHES TO SPEND THE NIGHT THERE. THERE ARE CERTAIN RITUALS DONE ON
THAT NIGHT THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
FOR EXAMPLE: AT MIDNIGHT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO THROW YOURSELF THREE
TIMES BACKWARDS IN THE SEA FOR GOOD HEALTH. A YOUNG GIRL SHOULD PUT
TWO NEEDLES IN A GLASS OF WATER,SYMBOLIZING HERSELF AND HER BOYFRIEND
IF THE NEXT DAY THE NEEDLES ARE TOGETHER SHE WILL MARRY THAT MAN.
ALSO SHE SHOULD PUT THREE BEANS UNDER HER PILLOW THAT NIGHT. ONE
SHOULD HAVE THE SKIN ON WHICH MEANS SHE WILL MARRY A RICH MAN. THE
SECOND ONE SHOULD BE HALF PEELED SIMBOLIZING MIDDLE CLASS WEALTH AND
THE THIRD ONE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY PEELED MEANING POVERTY. IN THE
MORNING SHE SHOULD PUT HER HAND UNDER THE PILLOW WITHOUT LOOKING,
AND TAKE ONE BEAN. THIS WILL DETERMINE HER ECONOMICAL STATUS IN HER
MARRIAGE. PUT A GLASS OF WATER UNDER YOUR BED TO KEEP THE EVIL SPIRIT
AWAY THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

ALL CHURCH BELLS WOULD RING AT MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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BIRTH

IT IS A GREEK CUSTOM FOR A WOMAN NOT TO GO TO CHURCH FOR 40 DAYS
AFTER A BABY IS BORN. THIS IS BECAUSE SHE IS CONSIDERED "UNCLEAN".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

James Callow Keyword(s): CHURCHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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CUSTOM

A WOMAN CANNOT GO TO CHURCH UNTIL SIX WEEKS AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER
CHILD. AFTER THIS TIME SHE WILL BE PURIFIED.

Submitter comment: ROMANIAN

Where learned: HOME ; LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO READ COFFEE CUPS ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

Submitter comment: ARMENIANS READ COFFEE GROUNDS AS OTHERS READ TEA CUPS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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WOMEN INSIST ON DOING THE LAUNDRY ON MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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HOLY SATURDAY CUSTOM

SERVICES FOR HOLY SATURDAY ARE HELD AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT.
AT THIS TIME, ALL OF THE LIGHTS IN THE CHURCH ARE TURNED
OFF. THE PRIEST AND THE PARISHIONERS HAVE CANDLES. THE
PRIEST'S CANDLE IS LIT IN THE ALTAR IN THE CHURCH.
HERE THE PRIEST LIGHTS THE PARISHIONERS CANDLES UNTIL
ALL CANDLES ARE LIT. SONGS ARE THEN SUNG TO PROCLAIM
CHRIST'S RESSURECTION.

Submitter comment: THE RESSURECTION OF CHRIST ON HOLY SATURDAY EVENING IS
CELEBRATED IN THIS MANNER AT ALL OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX
CHURCHES IN THE WORLD. AFTER THE SERVICE IS OVER, THE
FAMILIES GO HOME WHERE HUGE MEALS OF SOUP, LAMB, BREAD,
WINE, RICE, AND OTHER ASSORTED GREEK DELICACIES ARE SERVED.
THIS IS A GREEK-AMERICAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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DRESS

IF YOU WEAR YELLOW ON THURSDAY, IT MEANS YOU ARE
QUEER. IF YOU WEAR RED ON FRIDAY, IT MEANS YOU ARE
A WHORE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM FOLLOWED DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS
1965-1968

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DON'T TRANSACT ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS ON FRIDAY OR MAKE
ANY KIND OF VISIT, OTHERWISE, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MUGGLETON LEARNED THIS BELIEF FROM HER ENGLISH-
BORN HUSBAND AND STILL PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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SPECIFIC TIME TO SWIM

WHEN ON VACATION IN THE IRON MOUNTAIN REGION (UPPER
MICHIGAN) THIS FAMILY HAS A SPECIFIC TIME FOR
SWIMMING--2 O'CLOCK TIL 5. DURING THIS TIME, EVERYONE
GATHERS AT THE BEACH AND EITHER SWIMS OR SNACKS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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PACZKI DAY

THE DAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY IS KNOWN AS PACZKI DAY,
AND ON THIS DAY MOST POLISH COOKS BAKE PACZKI AND
DISTRIBUTE THEM TO THE CHILDREN, AND THESE PACZKI ARE
THEN EATEN AS DESERT AFTER A MEAL ON THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS TRADITION FROM HER YOUTH
WHEN PACZKI, JELLY-BUNS, WERE EATEN ON THAT DAY,
ESPECIALLY TO REMIND THE PERSON OF THE LENTEN DAYS
WHICH LIE AHEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent

Date learned: 01-09-1964

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SWITCHING DAY

ACCORDING TO AN OLD POLISH CUSTOM, THE MONDAY AFTER
EASTER IS CALLED, "SWITCHING DAY." ON THIS DAY IN THE
MORNING, A BOY GOES OUT AND CUTS A SWITCH FROM A BUSH.
HE GOES TO A GIRL'S HOUSE WHERE HER MOTHER LETS HIM IN,
AND HE SWITCHES THE GIRL. WHEN HE IS DONE, THE
MOTHER PAYS HIM FOR SWITCHING HER DAUGHTER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD OF THIS CUSTOM AT ABOUT THE
AGE OF FIVE FROM HER MOTHER; THE FIRST TIME THAT HER
MALE COUSIN CAME OVER TO SWITCH HER. SHE REMEMBERS
BEING SWITCHED TILL ABOUT THE AGE OF NINE OR TEN,
WHEN SHE FINALLY LOCKED HERSELF IN THE BATHROOM ON
THE MORNING OF SWITCHING DAY.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

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DYNGUS

THE MONDAY AND TUESDAY AFTER EASTER ARE CALLED DYNGUS
BY THE POLISH PEOPLE. ON MONDAY EARLY IN THE MORNING,
THE BOYS USED TO GO OUT AND CUT A SWITCH, USUALLY A
PUSSY-WILLOW, AND GO TO A GIRL'S HOUSE WHERE HE WAS
LET IN BY HER MOTHER. IF THE GIRL WAS ASLEEP, THE BOY
COULD AWAKEN HER BY THROWING WATER ON HER. IF HE WERE
A GENTLEMAN, HE WOULD SPRINKLE COLOGNE ON HER. WHEN
SHE AWOKE, HE SWITCHED HER WITH THE BRANCH HE HAD CUT.
THIS WAS DONE TO INSURE HER GOOD BEHAVIOR FOR THE REST
OF THE YEAR. WHEN HE WAS DONE, HE WAS USUALLY TREATED
TO SOME REFRESHMENT BY THE GIRL'S MOTHER. ON TUESDAY,
THE GIRLS WOULD HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REVERSING THE
PROCESS ON THE BOY'S PEACEFUL SLEEP, AND THEIR ACTIONS
USUALLY DEPENDED ON THE TREATMENT THEY HAD RECEIVED
THE DAY BEFORE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, MY MOTHER, REMEMBERS THIS TRADITION
VERY CLEARLY FROM HER CHILDHOOD WHEN SHE LEARNED IT
FROM HER MOTHER, WHO WAS BORN IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Ascension Day

Date learned: 01-08-1964

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SWIECONKA

EVERY YEAR ON HOLY SATURDAY, ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE
FAMILY TAKES AN EASTER BASKET FULL OF FOOD, USUALLY
HAM, BREAD AND BUTTER, MIXED SALT AND PEPPER, HORSE
RADISH, AND SOME COLORED EGGS, TO CHURCH WHERE IT
IS BLESSED BY THE PRIEST. ON EASTER SUNDAY, THIS
BLESSED FOOD IS SERVED AT THE MAIN MEAL. BEFORE IT IS
SERVED, HOWEVER, THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY, USUALLY
THE GRANDFATHER, CUTS UP THE BLESSED EGGS AND SERVES
A PIECE TO EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, WHILE WISHING
THAT MEMBER A HAPPY EASTER. EACH MEMBER THEN EXCHANGES
WISHES WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS BY MEANS OF A KISS OR
A HANDSHAKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AGAIN HAD MERELY TO FILL IN DETAILS AND
SUPPLY THE CORRECT SPELLING OF THE NAME SWIECONKA,
FOR THIS TRADITION IS ALSO VERY MUCH ALIVE IN OUR
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 01-08-1964

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EAT CABBAGE OR SAUERKRAUT ON NEW YEAR'S FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

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

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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OPLATEK

EVERY YEAR WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY GETS TOGETHER ON
CHRISTMAS EVE FOR THE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER, THE HEAD
OF THE FAMILY, USUALLY THE GRANDFATHER, TAKES A
PLATE OF OPLATEK (COMMUNION-LIKE WAFER) AND GIVES
EVERYONE PRESENT A PIECE OF IT. EVERYONE PRESENT THEN
APPROACHES EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM, STARTING WITH
THE ELDER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY; AND THEY OFFER THAT
PERSON A PIECE OF THEIR OPLATEK WHILE TAKING A
SMALL PIECE FROM THAT PERSON. WHILE THIS IS BEING
DONE, CHRISTMAS WISHES AND WISHES OF GOOD LUCK FOR THE
COMING YEAR ARE ALSO EXCHANGED BY THE PEOPLE SHARING
THEIR OPLATEK. THIS IS FOLLOWED BY AKISS OR A
HANDSHAKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT, MY MOTHER, HAD ONLY TO FILL IN A FEW
DETAILS AND GIVE ME THE CORRECT SPELLING FOR THE WORD
OPLATEK, WHICH IN AMERICA MEANS WAFER OR ANGEL-BREAD.
THIS TRADITION IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE IN OUR FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 01-08-1964

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