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IF THE CORN IS NOT KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY IT WILL BE
A BAD YEAR FOR CORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Food

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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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.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F 64
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO SWIMMING BEFORE THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN
THE BAPTIST ON JUNE, 24.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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ETHNIC BELIEF

THERE IS A CEMETERY BEHIND ASSUMPTION GROTTO CHURCH IN NORTHEAST
DETROIT AND IT HAS A GROTTO IN IT. THE GROTTO SUPPOSEDLY LOOKS LIKE
LOURDES. ON AUGUST 16, THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION, ITALIANS FROM
ALL OVER THE CITY WALK TO THE GROTTO TO PRAY AND TO ASK FOR MIRACLES
I DON'T KNOW WHY IT SEEMS TO BE JUST ITALIANS. THERE ARE CRUTCHES
AND BRACES ON THE WALL OF THE GROTTO THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND BY PEOPLE
WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN CURED. NOW I GUESS THE PEOPLE USE
TRANSPORTATION TO GET THERE' BUT THEY DIDN,T USED TO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SEEMED TO BELIEVE PEOPLE HAD BEEN CURED AT THE GROTTO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Shrine Memorial
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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CUSTOM

IN RECENT YEARS IT HAS BEEN A CUSTOM FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW SOMEONE WHO
HAS MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY--OR EVEN PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW ANYONE--TO
WATCH THE JERRY LEWIS TELETHON ON LABOR DAY. THE TELETHON IS A 20
HOUR PROGRAM IN WHICH ENTERTAINER JERRY LEWIS WHO IS NATIONAL
CHAIRMAN OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATIONS OF AMERICA, INC. TRIES
TO RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. THE FIRST TELEVISED
TELETHON' IN 1969, RAISED ROUGHLY $2 MILLION. LAST YEAR,S TELETHON
IN 1975, RAISED OVER $18 MILLION. THE JERRY LEWIS TELETHON ALWAYS
RECEIVES OVER 100 PER CENT OF MONEY PLEDGED, WHILE OTHER TELETHONS
ARE LUCKY TO RECEIVE 75 PER CENT.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THIS IS NOT REALLY FOLKLORE, WHEN IN THE FUTURE WE LOOK
BACK I BELIEVE IT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS SUCH, OR CLOSE TO IT. THE
SUCCESS OF THE TELETHON IN COLLECTING PLEDGES INDICATES ITS
POPULARITY. PEOPLE SENSE THE SINCERITY OF JERRY LEWIS AND BELIEVE
THE MONEY WILL BE USED AS HE SAYS IT WILL. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
DEVOTE AT LEAST A LITTLE OF THEIR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY TO WATCHING THE
TELETHON. SOME PEOPLE WATCH ALL OF IT. THE TELETHON HAS SPREAD IN
POPULARITY LARGELY BY WORD OF MOUTH. IF PEOPLE ARE THAT INTERESTED
IN HELPING THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN THEMSELVES, I HAVE TO THINK
WE'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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CUSTOM

IN ITALY, ON AUGUST 15, THE FEASTDAY OF THE ASSUMPTION, THEY HOLD
MANY PARADES IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND THERE IS MUCH SINGING
AND DANCING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT KNOWS SOME NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE LIVED IN ITALY AND THEY
RELATED THIS CUSTOM TO HER.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Adoration
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Festival
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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LABOR DAY TRADITION

THERE IS ALWAYS A FAMILY CORN ROAST ON LABOR DAY. THEY GO OUT
IN THE MORNING AND PICK THE CORN AND WRAP IT IN PAPER TO SOAK IN
WATER. THEY THEN PUT IT IN THE FIRE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EAT
IT WHEN THE PAPER HAS BURNED AND THE SHUCKS ARE DARK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER FAMILY.

Where learned: NOT INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL

EVERY JULY, HAWAIIANS CELEBRATE "KAMEHAMEH DAY" WITH PARADES AND
OTHER CELEBRATIONS. HE WAS THE LAST KING OF HAWAII.

Data entry tech comment: KAMEHAMEHA IS THE PROPER SPELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22

Date learned: 04-08-1971

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CARNIVAL

CARNIVAL IS A FESTIVE EVENT WHICH IS CELEBRATED FROM JUNE 30 TO
JULY 4 IN THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS.
IT HAS A DOUBLE SIGNIFICANCE TO THE PEOPLE IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
BECAUSE MANY YEARS AGO ON JULY 3 THE SLAVES WERE NO LONGER IN
BONDAGE (JULY 3 IS CALLED EMANCIPATION DAY), AND ON JULY 4 THE
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IS CELEBRATED. VARIOUS EVENTS ARE
INVOLVED IN CARNIVAL SUCH AS J'OUVERT, A PARADE, A FAIR AND A
BOAT RACE. A BAND COMPETITION ALSO OCCURS DURING THIS TIME.
J'OUVERT IS CELEBRATED ON THE FOREDAY OR THE MORNING BEFORE THE
PARADE. BANDS CONGREGATE ON THE TOP OF OPEN BACK TRUCKS IN ORDER
TO PLAY MUSIC AND MOVE SLOWLY THROUGH THE STREETS. THE PEOPLE
DANCE BEHIND THE TRUCKS WHEN THEY ARE IN MOTION.
ON JUNE 30 A FAIR AND A BOAT RACE ARE HELD. LOCAL HANDCRAFT ITEMS
AND FOOD ARE PUT ON DISPLAY AND SOLD AT THE FAIR. IN THE BOAT
RACE, VARIOUS BOATS COMPETE FOR TROPHIES.
THE WEEK BEFORE THE PARADE, A CALYPSO (TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN THE
CARIBBEAN) COMPETITION IS HELD IN THE VILLAGE. THE VILLAGE IS AN
AREA ENCLOSED BY FOOD SELLING BOOTHS.
ON JULY FOURTH (THE LAST NIGHT OF CELEBRATION), THERE IS A
PARADE, WHICH IS DIVIDED INTO CATERGORIES SUCH AS:
(1) TROOPS--WHICH ARE GROUPS OF PEOPLE ARRAYED IN COSTUMES
(2) FLOATS--DECORATED VEHICLES WHICH DISPLAY VARIOUS SCENES
(3) FLOUPES--A MIXTURE OF TROOPS AND FLOATS
(4) MAJORETTES--BATON TWIRLERS
(5) INDIVIDUAL COSTUMES--PARTICIPANTS DISPAYING THEIR PERSONAL
CREATIONS

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; SAINT JOHN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 30
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22

Date learned: 00001970S

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PLANT CUCUMBERS ON THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR; THIS WILL
MAKE THEM GROW LONG.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER ALWAYS FOLLOWED THIS PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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If the corn crop isn't knee high by the fourth of July it will be a bad year for corn.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON ; 7401 Benton Road

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- P535

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