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NEVER ON FRIDAY

IN PAKISTAN, SUNDAY IS NOT THE DAY OF REST AND LEISURE,
FRIDAY IS CONSIDERED A SORT OF WEEKEND, AND ALL
SHOPS AND BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD TO ME BY MISS HAJI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-02-1970

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THE BIG FAMILY WASH IS ALWAYS DONE ON A MONDAY.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IN THE NIGERIAN TRIBE HAUSA, THE COUPLE DOES NOT BEGIN TO LIVE
TOGETHER UNTIL TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN NIGERIA

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

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.14

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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THE WIDOW MUST GO TO MASS EVERY MONTH FOR THE SOUL THAT DIED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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THE WIDOW MAY NOT GO TO ANY FESTIVALS EXCEPT RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS
FOR A YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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ZOO NIGHT

IT IS A TRADITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT THAT THURSDAY
NIGHT IS BAR NIGHT. THIS TRADITION WAS STARTED MANY YEARS AGO WHEN
"THE TWENTIES," A BAR ON LIVERNOIS ACROSS FROM THE CAMPUS, USED TO
OFFER SPECIALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT. THERE WERE EXTRA SPECIALS
FOR ANY GREEKS THAT WORE THEIR LETTERS AS WELL. SINCE THE PLACE
USUALLY BECAME QUITE ROWDY IT SOON GOT THE NAME OF "ZOO NIGHT."
THE TWENTIES NO LONGER EXISTS, AND THE RATHSKELLAR DOESN'T
OFFER ANY THURSDAY SPECIALS, BUT THE TRADITION OF GOING TO THE
BAR EVERY THURSDAY HASN'T BEEN FORGOTTEN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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MEASURE OF TIME CUSTOM

WHEN YOU CAN TOUCH THE HEAD OF YOUR SHADOW WITH YOUR FOOT, IT'S
STRAIGHT UP NOON.

Submitter comment: THIS IS REPORTEDLY AN ACCURATE GUAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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DUNKING DAYS

CHILDREN IN PENNSYLVANIA CELEBRATE DUNKING
DAYS ON TWO CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS IN MAY OR JUNE
AROUND WHITSUNDAY. ON THE FIRST SUNDAY, THE
BOYS ATTEMPT TO WET THE GIRLS WITH WATER. ON
THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, THE GIRLS ATTEMPT TO WET
THE BOYS. I DON'T KNOW WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT
THIS CUSTOM, BUT MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE CELEBRATED
DUNKING DAYS IN DUQUESNE, PENNSYLVANIA AROUND 1945.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT ADVISES THAT HER MOTHER'S NAME IS
MARY MORSILLO GINGERICH, BORN OCTOBER 3, 1937,
FARRELL, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting After all

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS-SEPTEMBER 14

UKRAINIANS OF THE BYZANTINE RITE VENERATE THE CROSS IN A
SPECIAL MANNER ON THIS DAY. FLOWERS, USUALLY RED ROSES OR
CARNATIONS ARE ARRANGED ON A WIRE BACKING. THE CROSS IS THEN
PLACED ON TOP OF THE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT WITH A CHALICE PATEN
UNDER IT. A RED MATERIAL, SOMETIMES A PART OF THE PRIEST'S
VESTMENT, IS TIED AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE CROSS AND THE STEMS
OF THE FLOWERS. IT IS CARRIED AROUND THE ALTAR BY THE PRIEST
BEFORE THE FIRST MASS OF THE DAY. THEN IT IS PLACED ON A
PILLOW ON THE TETRAPOD, A SMALL TABLE IN THE FRONT CENTER OF
THE CHURCH. THE CROSS AND THE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT UNDER IT
REMAIN THERE FOR A WEEK FOR VENERATION BY THE FAITHFUL. THE
CROSS IS KISSED UPON ENTERING AND EXITING THE CHURCH. AFTER
EACH SERVICE THE CONGREGATION SINGS THREE TIMES THE PHRASE
O LORD, WE ADORE THY CROSS AND GLORIFY THY HOLY RESURRECTION.
AFTER EACH SINGING, A PROFOUND BOW IS MADE BY THE PEOPLE.
MANY OF OUR OLDER WOMEN CONSIDER THE DEAD FLOWERS TO BE A
SACRAMENTAL AND ASK TO TAKE THEM HOME WHEN THE ARRANGEMENT
IS TAKEN APART. SOME KEEP THEM ON DRESSERS, IN PRAYER BOOKS,
AND IN THEIR BIBLES.

Submitter comment: THE UKRAINIANS ALSO VENERATE THE CROSS IN A SIMILAR MANNER
ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): FLOWERS

Subject headings: 663 Lent
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 14
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Plant
SPEECH -- Religious

Date learned: 00001950S

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DAYS OF THE WEEK

THE BYZANTINE UKRAINIAN CHURCH COMMEMORATES A DIFFERENT
GROUP OR PERSON EACH DAY OF THE WEEK. MONDAY IS DEDICATED
TO THE HOLY ANGELS. TUESDAY IS ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST DAY.
WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY ARE DEDICATED TO THE LORD'S CROSS.
ST. NICHOLAS AND THE APOSTLES ARE HONORED ON THURSDAY.
SATURDAY IS IN HONOR OF ALL THE SAINTS. SUNDAY IS IN HONOR
OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. THE VARIOUS MASS PARTS
CHANGE TO HONOR THE VARYING GROUPS EACH DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001950S

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A WOMAN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE HOME ON MONDAY
BEFORE A MAN ENTERS AND DEPARTS.

Submitter comment: ITEM SHOWS SEXISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

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YOU SHOULD ALWAYS RESPECT THE SABBATH AND NOT WORK
NOR SWEAR. THIS DAY SHOULD BE SET ASIDE AND SHARED WITH
YOUR FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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Balinese Custom

One week after the wedding the groom brings pastries
to the bride's parent's home, a sign of acceptance.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Balinese custom

If a set of twins are born, a boy and a girl, one of the
babies must be given away or left out on the street for three
days until someone else takes it.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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My father's family would eat bean soup every
Saturday.

Submitter comment: My father doesn't know the reason why other than
maybe it was because he had 12 brothers and sisters
and they couldn't afford to eat a lot.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Oakley

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

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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Put the first money you receive each day into an
empty pocket; it will attract more coins.

Submitter comment: In English market places this custom is still very
popular; that original coin is called handsel.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; LONDON

James Callow Keyword(s): Pilot

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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Yellow Thursday

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

It was said that if you wore yellow on any Thursday, you were
a fag. We would watch throughout the day to find, even the smallest
thread of yellow in someone's clothing, and point it out to others
by yelling, "Yellow on Thursday, so and so is a FAG!

Submitter comment:

I remember some kids going home at lunch and changing clothes
to eliminate the yellow and the teasing.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): Fag = homosexual

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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Bible Class on Wednesday

Bible Class was held during mid-week and generally known as a
mid-week service. Members attended this mid-week service so that
they could be taught the "Word of God," whereas Sunday was a day
of Worship.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): God

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

Date learned: 01001895 CA

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Fish on Friday

One day of the week was considered to be a day of fast and
abstinence (similar to Lent) where you would give up meat. It
originated in the early Christian church. People that lived near
the sea ate fish because it was plentiful and meat was very
expensive.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: 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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