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POLISH PRAYER

ZA TWE MAMO PRACE TROSKI BEDA PROSIE MATKI BOSKI BY CIE
OBDARZYLA ZDROWIEM JAK WOSNE VIECEJ POWIEM. TRANSLATION: FOR ALL
YOUR WORK AND WORRY, I BESEECH THE MOTHER OF GOD TO GIFT YOU
WITH HEALTH AND WHEN I GROW UP I'LL TELL YOU MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL SHIFT: GIFT AS VERB ; PIOUS GOOD WISHES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.643
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 11-07-1974

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MOTHER'S DAY CUSTOM

IF YOU WANT TO BUY YOUR MOTHER A CORSAGE FOR MOTHER'S DAY, THERE ARE
THINGS YOU SHOULD FIRST KNOW. IF YOUR MOTHER'S MOTHER IS DEAD, YOU
SHOULD BUY HER A WHITE FLOWER. IF YOUR MOTHER'S MOTHER IS ALIVE,
YOU SHOULD BUY HER A PINK FLOWER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT A RED FLOWER
MEANS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME WHEN I BOUGHT MY MOTHER THE WRONG COLOR OF
FLOWER. I HAVE BEEN MORE CAREFUL SINCE THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
BELIEF -- Color

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CUSTOM: MOTHER'S DAY

IT'S CUSTOMARY TO WEAR A FLOWER ON MOTHER'S DAY, WHICH IS A SPECIAL
DAY SET ASIDE FOR MOTHER'S (SIC). THE FLOWERS MAY BE WORN EITHER
BY MAN OR WOMAN. A WHITE FLOWER IS WORN IF YOUR MOTHER IS DECEASED,
AND A RED OR PINK FLOWER IS WORN IF YOUR MOTHER IS ALIVE.

Submitter comment: FLOWERS ON MOTHER'S DAY. BUT THE INFORMANT KNOWS OTHER PEOPLE OTHER
THAN HIS MOTHER WHO WEAR FLOWERS ON MOTHER'S DAY.
INFORMANT KNOWS THIS FROM HIS MOTHER WHO MADE IT A PRACTICE TO WEAR

Data entry tech comment: MOTHER'S DAY: SECOND SUNDAY IN MAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

MEMORIAL DAY IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK IS CELEBRATED BY A PARADE
OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS. THE PARADE FIRST GOES TO ELM STREET
BRIDGE, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS DROPPED INTO THE ISCHUA CREEK.
THE PARADE THEN MOVES TO THE CEMETERY, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS
PLACED BEFORE THE "TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER." A CLERGYMAN MAKES
A SPEECH TO MARK THE END OF THE FORMAL CEREMONY. THE PEOPLE THEN
GO TO THEIR OWN HOMES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

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MARCH 21-JUNE 20, SPECIAL OR FESTIVE MEALS

ON THE CHINESE NEW YEAR AN OFFERING OF FOOD IS MADE TO THE GODS.
THE FAMILY'S DINNER IS PLACED OUTSIDE THE HOUSE WITH BURNING
INCENSE. AFTER THE FOOD STAYS OUT FOR A WHILE, IT IS BROUGHT
IN THE HOUSE AND EATEN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY PARTAKES IN THIS RITUAL EVERY NEW YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

AMONG THE CHINESE THE NEW YEAR APPARENTLY OCCURS BETWEEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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MARCH 21- JUNE 20, COLOR, LUCK

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR, THE CHILDREN RECEIVE RED
ENVELOPES WITH MONEY IN THEM. THE COLOR RED IS CONSIDERED TO BE
LUCKY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS COLLECTED RED ENVELOPES ON THE CHINESE NEW YEAR
EVER SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-04-1971

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Custom: Holiday

"NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHO ENJOYED THE FIRST APRIL FOOL'S
DAY GUFFAWS. SOME SAY THE DAY OF BUFFOONERY BEGAN IN
FRANCE IN 1564, WHEN NEW YEAR'S DAY WAS CARRIED BACK
TO JANUARY 1 INSTEAD OF BEING CELEBRATED ON MARCH 25.
THOSE PEOPLE WHO OBJECTED TO THE TIME JUGGLE WERE
GIVEN MOCK NEW YEAR'S GIFTS ON APRIL 1, WHICH USED TO
BE THE FINAL DAY OF MERRYMAKING. THE PRACTICAL JOKE
CUSTOM POPPED UP IN BRITAIN BY THE 18TH CENTURY, AND
THE BRITISH EXPORTED THE ZANY PRACTICE TO NORTH
AMERICA."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): APRIL FOOL'S DAY ; Britain ; CUSTOM ; France ; holiday ; JOKE ; New Years ; Origin ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

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THE WEDNESDAY IN THE LAST FULL WEEK
OF APRIL IS "SECRETARIES DAY" THROUGHOUT
THE WORLD.

Submitter comment: PROFESSIONAL SECRETARIES INTERNATIONAL,
STARTED IN 1942, BEGAN HONORING SECRETARIES
ON THIS DATE DURING THE 1950'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SECRETARIES' SAYING, "GIVE US RAISES
NOT ROSES."

Submitter comment: IN RESPONSE TO BOSSES GIVING THEIR
SECRETARIES FLOWERS ON SECRETARIES DAY,
(THE WEDNESDAY IN THE LAST FULL WEEK OF
APRIL), THE PROFESSIONAL SECRETARIES
INTERNATIONAL REBELLED WITH THIS PHRASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; RHYME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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SLOVAK MAY DAY CUSTOM

WHEN A YOUNG MAN HAG A DIRL FRIEND, HE WOULD (DURING THE
EARLY HOURS) CHOP A TREE AND PLANT IT BY HER BEDROOM
WINDOW. THIS WAS A SIGN OF A WEDDING SOON OR AN
ENGAGEMENT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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AT THE TRADITIONAL PASSOVER DINNER OF JEWISH-AMERICANS,
IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE WIFE TO LIGHT A CANDLEBRA
ON THE DINNER TABLE AND FOR THE FATHER OR HUSBAND
TO POUR EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY A GLASS OF WINE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THE CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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GERMAN CUSTOM--JUNE 17

TAGDEDUETSCHEN EINHERT IS A SAD MEMORIAL DAY COMMORATING
THE REVOLT OF THE COMMON PEOPLE AND ALL THOSE WHO WERE
KILLED IN THE PROTEST AGAINST THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE
BERLIN WALL. THIS IS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY AND ALL SCHOOL
AND WORK IS OFF ON JUNE 17TH EACH YEAR.

Submitter comment: TOLD IN BEAUTY SHOP, 17619 SIX MILE RD., DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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