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DINNER PRAYER

FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN. BLESS US O LORD AND THESE OUR
GIFTS AS WE ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE THEM FROM THY BOUNTY OF CHRIST OUR
LORD. AMEN. (MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AT THE BEGINNING AND THE
END.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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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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GRACE

WE SAY GRACE HOLDING HANDS. EVERYONE FORMS A CIRCLE OF HANDS AROUND
THE TABLE AND ONE PERSON EITHER SAYS GRACE OR JUST SPONTANEOUSLY
THANKS GOD FOR THE FOOD OR THE DAY, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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PROVERB

WENN DER VOGEL FRISST, SINGT ER NICHT.
IF THE BIRD EATS, HE CANNOT SING. (TRANS).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER AND FATHER USED TO SAY
THIS TO THEIR CHILDREN TO ENCOURAGE SILENCE
AT THE DINNER TABLE AS WELL AS BETTER EATING.
INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSATION TABU ; FUNCTION ; TALKING TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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BELIEF

KNIVES ARE NEVER PASSED DIRECTLY TO A PERSON, THEY ARE PLACED
ON A TABLE AND THE OTHER PERSON PICKS IT UP FROM THERE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

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IF YOU SING AT THE TABLE YOU'LL MARRY A CRAZY MAN.

Submitter comment: SYD'S GRANDMA TOLD HER THIS ONE WHILE AT THE DINNER TABLE. I THINK
IT ORIGINATES FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA WHEN SILENCE AT MOST OCCASIONS
WAS EXPECTED FROM CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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A POLISH CUSTOM OF FRIENDSHIP

THE FIRST YEAR WE WERE MARRIED, WE RENTED OUT AN
UPPER FLAT FROM AN ELDERLY POLISH COUPLE. DURING
CHRISTMAS WEEK OF 1957, MRS. KINWEN CALLED ME DOWN TO
HER HOME. THERE SHE GAVE ME UNLEAVENED BREAD AND TOLD
ME OF A POLISH CUSTOM. SHE SAID IF WE BROKE THE
BREAD TOGETHER AND ATE FROM EACH OTHER'S PORTION,
WE WOULD BE FRIENDS FOREVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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THE OLD SAYING "EAT SPINACH AND BE CALM, AND STRONG,"

Submitter comment: FROM RELATIVES

Data entry tech comment: SOMETHING MISSING?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MERCY COLLEGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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CHILDREN'S PASTIME

CHILDREN USED TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE MILKMAN'S COMING.
AFTER HE WOULD DELIVER MILK, THE CHILDREN USED TO
SCOOP THE CREAM OFF THE TOP OF THE MILK, PUT IT ON
A SLICE OF BREAD AND HAVE THIS TREAT BEFORE BEDTIME.
THE CHILDREN LOOKED FORWARD TO THIS ACTIVITY SO MUCH
BECAUSE THE CREAM ON BREAD TREAT WAS MORE ENJOYABLE
THAN A BAR OF CANDY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, IT WAS CONSIDERED A SHAME FOR
UNMARRIED GIRLS TO SIT DOWN WHILE EATING. THIS
WAS ONLY DONE BY THE OLD PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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THE JAIN (?) WRITING VERY BAD!

THE JAIN, A COMMUNITY IN INDIA, ALWAYS EAT BEFORE
SUNSET.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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MEAL CUSTOM

IT IS CUSTOMARY IN THE MID-EAST TO BELCH AFTER A
MEAL IN ORDER TO SHOW APPRECIATION.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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CHEWING YOUR FOOD

BEFORE SWALLOWING A PIECE OF FOOD, A PERSON SHOULD
CHEW IT AS MANY TIMES AS HE HAS TEETH IN HIS MOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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OKINAWAN CUSTOM--TEA TIME

IN OKINAWA IT IS AN EVERYDAY AFFAIR TO TAKE TIME OUT
FOR TEA. NO MATTER WHO A PERSON BE, A DITCH DIGGER,
SALESMAN OR FARMER, OR WHATEVER OCCUPATION, THEY
ALWAYS TAKE OUT TIME FOR TEA. IT MAY BE AT THE
ROADSIDE OR BEHIND A SHOP OR ON THE FLOOR, BUT
WHEREVER YOU FIND A POST, THERE WILL BE A TRAY,
TEA AND CUPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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EATING CUSTOM

WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER LIVED WITH ME, SHE WOULD ONLY PUT
JAM ON THE END PIECE OF BREAD (THE CRUSTY PIECE).
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND I
WOULD RUN HOME FROM SCHOOL TO GET THE END PIECE OF
BREAD WITH THE JAM ON IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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WAIT AFTER DINNER

AFTER FINISHING ANY MEAL OTHER THAN A SNACK, THE DINER
SHOULD WAIT SEVEN MINUTES AT THE TABLE BEFORE HE OR SHE
DEPARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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POLISH CUSTOM

POLISH FAMILIES ALWAYS EAT DINNER ABOUT 1 OR 2 P.M.
ON SUNDAYS. VERY OFTEN THE DINNER IS ALWAYS CHICKEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN THE PAST, IT WAS A CUSTOM IN THE HOMES OF GERMAN
AMERICANS FOR THE FATHER TO BE SERVED DINNER FIRST.
HE WOULD EAT ALONE, AND NO ONE ELSE WAS ALLOWED TO
BEGIN EATING TILL HE FINISHED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S FATHER WAS TREATED IN THIS WAY
REGULARLY.
THE FATHER THEN WOULD LEAVE THE TABLE WHILE THE OTHERS
ATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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AN OLD CUSTOM AT HER FAMILY IS TO HAVE THE
YOUNGEST CHILD SAY THE PRAYER BEFORE THE MEAL.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 02-14-1971

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