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ENGAGEMENT RING

IF A BOY GIVES YOU AN ENGAGEMENT RING ON A SPECIAL DAY LIKE YOUR
BIRTHDAY, CHRISTMAS, EASTER, ETC., IT CAN BE REGARDED AS A GIFT
AND NEED NOT BE RETURNED. YOU MUST RETURN IT IF HE GIVES IT TO
YOU ON AN ORDINARY DAY.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS INFORMATION FROM MY GIRL FRIEND, MARGIE SMITH,
ABOUT 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement ring
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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FESTIVAL OF THE ITALIANS OF JESSUP, PENN.

ONCE EACH YEAR THE CITIZENS OF JESSUP, PENNSYLVANIA DRESS AS
THEIR PATRON SAINTS AND HAVE A PROCESSION THROUGH THE TOWN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S BROTHER-IN-LAW IS AN ITALIAN-AMERICAN LIVING IN
JESSUP, PENNSYLVANIA AND PERSONALLY TOOK PART IN THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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THE TOWNS IN THE PHILIPPINES ARE NAMED AFTER SAINTS. WHEN THE FEAST
DAY OF THE TOWN PATRON OCCURS THEY HAVE A BIG FIESTA. A NINE DAY
NOVENA WHERE PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH AND PRAY AND HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS
OF PROGRAMS ARE PERFORMED BEFORE THE FEAST. THE PEOPLE GO TO
CHURCH IN PROCESSION. ALL HOUSES ARE OPENED DURING THE FESTIVAL SO
ONE CAN STOP IN AT ANY HOUSE AND BE WELCOMED AND HAVE WHATEVER THEY
WOULD LIKE TO EAT. EVEN THE VERY POOR FAMILIES SEND ( SPEND ? ) WHAT
LITTLE THEY HAVE FOR THE FEAST TO HAVE THEIR HOUSE OPEN TO ALL THOSE
WHO MIGHT WANT SOMETHING TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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CHURCH NAMESDAY

IN BELGIUM, EACH CHURCH PARISH CELEBRATES "CHARAMESSE" (SP.),
PRONOUNCED KARA-MESS', ON THE SUNDAY NEAREST THE CHURCH'S
NAMEDAY. AT THIS TIME, THERE IS A CARNIVAL WITH MERRY-GO-ROUNDS,
RIDES AND AMUSEMENTS FOR ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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ITALIAN HOLIDAY CUSTOM

THE FOLLOWING IS TYPICAL OF SMALL TOWNS AND CITIES IN SICILY:
EACH TOWN HAS A FAVORITE SAINT AND A SHRINE OF ADORATION IN CHURCH
WITH A STATUE OF THE SAINT. ON THE PARTICULAR DAY SET ASIDE FOR
THE SAINT, EVERYONE IN THE TOWN CELEBRATES, NOBODY WORKS ON THIS DAY.
THEY HAVE A PARADE WITH THE STATUE BORNE ON A BIER AND A RELIC OF
THE SAINT, CARRIED BY THE CLERGY, WITH A SPECIAL BLESSING FROM THE
POPE ADMINISTERED TO ALL PRESENT. AS THE STATUE AND RELIC PASSES
THE PEOPLE WILL KNEEL AND SAY THE SAINT'S SPECIAL PRAYER.
RIGHT AFTER THE RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN--SUCH AS
GROUPS SINGING, GROUPS DANCING, FIREWORKS, HORSE RACING WITHOUT
RIDERS, AND GYMNASTICS AND FEATS OF STRENGTH FOR PRIZES. ALL
PRIZES ARE DONATED BY TOWNSPEOPLE.
THE THEME OF THIS DAY, IN REALITY, IS LOVE OF GOD AND MAN AS
EXEMPLIFIED BY THE SAINT. ALL ANIMOSITIES SHOULD END ON THIS DAY.
ANYONE KNOWING OF ILL-FEELING AMONGST INDIVIDUALS, WILL ON THIS DAY,
BRING THE PARTIES TOGETHER AND IF ONE OR BOTH OF THE PARTIES
INVOLVED REFUSES TO MAKE UP, IT IS CONSIDERED AN INSULT TO THE
TOWN AND THE INDIVIDUAL THAT BROUGHT THE PARTIES TOGETHER.
THE CONCILIATORS ARE USUALLY THE CLERGY OR TOWN DIGNITARIES.
THESE FEAST DAYS BEGIN EARLY IN THE MORNING AND LAST TILL MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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SLOVAK FEAST DAYS

WHENEVER THE SLOVAKS CELEBRATE A FEAST DAY, THEY WALK AS MUCH AS 10
OR 12 MILES TO A LARGER CHURCH AND BY HOMEMADE TORCHLIGHT, THEY WALK
BACK, SINGING ALL THE WAY. FOR FOOD THEY TAKE ALONG A PIECE OF
KOLBASI, BACON, BREAD AND EAT ON THE WAY. THEY ALSO CHANT
ROSARIES. IT IS LIKE A PILGRIMAGE.
MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO SHOES (ON). THEY WALK BAREFOOT, CARRYING THEIR
SHOES. WHEN THEY NEAR THE CHURCH, THEY PUT THEM ON. MANY TIMES
THERE WAS SNOW ON THE GROUND AND THEY WALK BAREFOOT TO THE
CELEBRATIONS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
SPEECH -- Gesture

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A MEMBER OF THE SOPHOMORE CLASS ALWAYS DROPS HIS LUNCH TRAY ON THE
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. IN THIS CUSTOM, ONE SOPHOMORE ALWAYS DROPS HIS
LUNCH TRAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. HE RECEIVES A STANDING
OVATION. IF NO MEMBER OF THE SOPHOMORE CLASS DROPS HIS TRAY
ACCIDENTALLY, AN UPPERCLASSMEN (SIC) HELPS HIM. THIS HAS HAPPENED
EVERY YEAR SINCE 1962.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAW A FELLOW STUDENT DO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:

Date learned: FALL 1967

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CHINESE FESTIVAL

CHENG YEUNG FESTIVAL IS THE "FESTIVAL OF ASCENDING HEIGHTS."
ON THE 9TH DAY OF THE 9TH MOON, LEGEND SAYS THAT THE WISE
CLIMB TO HIGH PLACES TO AVOID DISASTER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Celebration ; Chinese ; FESTIVAL ; Heights ; Legend ; MOON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 02-24-1968

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CUSTOM

SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS CELEBRATE FOUR SABBATHS IN THE FOUR
DIFFERENT SECTIONS OR COVENS OF THE WORLD AROUND THE SAME TIME
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CELEBRATES ITS SEASONAL CHANGES. HE ALSO
HAS ONE BIG CEREMONY CALLED THE BLOODY SABBATH.
ON THIS DAY ALL FOUR COVENS GET TOGETHER FOR A GOOD TIME OF
SACRIFICE (A YOUNG PERSON'S WARM BLOOD) AND PUNISHMENT FOR
ALL WHO HAVE BEEN DISOBEDIENT TO SATAN AND THE INSTALLMENT OF
NEW WITCHES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): Coven ; DEVIL ; DEVIL WORSHIP ; holiday ; PUNISHMENT ; Sabbath ; Sacrifice ; SATAN ; WITCHES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FESTIVAL

THERE ARE MANY CHURCHES IN MALTA. EACH CHURCH TRIES TO OUTDO
THE OTHERS, COMMEMORATING ITS PATRON SAINT'S FEAST DAY WITH
FIREWORKS, BANDS, AND COLORFUL PROCESSIONS.

Submitter comment:

From grandmother.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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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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CELEBRATION OF SAINT'S DAY

PEOPLE OF GREEK DESCENT CELEBRATE THEIR SAINTS DAY AS
OPPOSED TO CELEBRATING THEIR BIRTHDAYS.

Submitter comment: A PERSON'S SAINT DAY IS HIS OR HER NAME CORRESPONDING
TO A SAINT OF THAT NAME. SINCE SAINTS HAVE A RELIGIOUS
BACKGROUND, GREEKS PREFER TO CELEBRATE A RELIGIOUS
HOLIDAY OVER A BIRTHDAY. BIRTHDAYS TO GREEKS ARE
INSIGNIFICANT. RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS ARE MUCH MORE
SIGNIFICANT TO THE GREEK WAY OF LIFE THAN BIRTHDAYS.
THIS IS A GREEK-AMERICAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Sacrificial rite for special occasion

Date learned: CA00001963

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ARBOR DAY TRADITION

EVERY YEAR, THE MC GREEVY FAMILY GOES OUT INTO THEIR
BACKYARD AND PLANTS A SEED FROM A CITRUS TREE. THEY
HAVE DONE THIS EVER SINCE HE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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MOST ORTHODOX HOMES ARE BLESSED ON CHRISTMAS
(JULIAN CALENDER). THIS IS DONE TO BLESS THE
INHABITANTS AND TO INSURE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.
HOMES ARE ALSO BLESSED ON EASTER TO CELEBRATE THE
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment: OUR HOME IS STILL BLESSED ON EACH MAJOR HOLIDAY
ACCORDING TO THE JULIAN CALENDER ALTHOUGH THE
CUSTOM IS NOT AS POPULAR AS IT ONCE WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-15-1971

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DURING THE JEWISH PASSOVER A GLASS OF WINE IS LEFT
ON THE TABLE FOR A DISCIPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:

Date learned: 12-01-1971

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CUSTOM-SHOFAR

ON THE EVE OF THE JEWISH NEW YEAR, THEY WELCOME
THE NEW YEAR IN BY BLOWING A HORN CALLED A SHOFAR.
IT BEINGS A TEN DAY PERIOD OF REVERENCE, AND EXAMINATION
OF CONSCIENCE. IT IS BLOWN AGAIN AT THE END OF THE
TEN DAYS, AND THIS BLOWING STARTS ONE DAY OF PENANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BURN BRUSH ON SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: BELIEVED IN KENTUCKY IN FARMING AREAS. THE IMPLICATION IS

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKFORT ; KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE ; PRESTONSBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FESTIVAL ON FIXED DATE

IN EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C., EVERY YEAR THE NEGROES CELEBRATE THE
FOURTH OF JULY WITH A CARNIVAL AND AN ALL DAY PINIC. THIS HAS
BEEN DONE FOR YEARS AND IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE NEGROES THAT WHITE
EMPLOYERS LET THEM OFF FOR THE DAY, EVEN IF IT'S THE ONLY
VACATION THE NEGRO WILL GET ALL YEAR. THE CELEBRATION IS KNOWN
AS "THE FOURTH" AND BY NO OTHER NAME.

Submitter comment: MOST OF THE NEGROES ARE UNAWARE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FOURTH
OF JULY AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY. THE TERM IS ONLY USED TO DENOTE
THE LOCATION OF THE CELEBRATION.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING ERRORS WERE CORRECTED

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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