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HALLOWEEN SONG

TRICK OR TREATS,
MONEY OR EATS,
IF YOU DON'T LIKE ME,
YOU CAN SMELL MY FEETS.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS SUNG ON HALLOWEEN

Where learned: NEW YORK ; CHEEKTOWAGA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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TRADITION NEW ORLEANS - ALL SOUL'S DAY

PEOPLE GO TO CEMETERY TO CLEAN AROUND TOMBS AND WHITEWASH
THEM. CITY RUNS THESE CEMETERIES. IF A FAMILY DOESN'T CLEAN UP,
THE BODY IS TAKEN OUT AND THE TOMB IS REUSED.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 2 All SoulsDay of the Dead
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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DEVIL'S NIGHT

ON DEVIL'S NIGHT RING DOORBELLS AND SOAP WINDOWS
TO SHOW YOUR RESPECT FOR THE DEVIL'S POWER.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CHRISTMAS LEGEND

ON DECEMBER, 6 ST. NICHOLAS VISITS THE HOMES OF THE PEOPLE
AND LEAVES GOODIES FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN, AND SOOT IN THE
SHOES OF BAD ONES.

Submitter comment: RONNIE LEARNED THIS ITALIAN LEGEND FROM HER FATHER WHO IS
FROM ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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ETHNIC CUSTOM

DECEMBER 6 IS THE FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS. ON THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 5,
IN GERMAN HOMES, CHILDREN HANG UP THEIR STOCKINGS. IF THEY HAVE BEEN
GOOD DURING THE YEAR, THEIR STOCKING IS FILLED WITH CANDY, NUTS AND
TANGERINES. IF THEY HAVE BEEN BAD, THE STOCKING IS FILLED WITH COAL

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM MY MOTHER'S FAMILY FOLLOWED AND WHICH WE FOLLOWED
FROM ABOUT THE TIME I WAS 5 UNTIL I WAS 17.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL ; THREAT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: CA00001960

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN MANY RELIGIONS, IT IS A CUSTOM THAT YOU BUY AN ADVENT CALENDAR.
IT IS A CALENDAR WHICH HAS 24 ITEMS WHICH CAN BE PLACED ON THE
CALENDAR OR 24 PANELS WHICH CAN BE OPENED. THEN, ON DECEMBER 1, THE
DOOR OR PANEL IS OPENED. ON DECEMBER 2 THE SECOND DOOR IS OPENED
AND IT GOES ON. THE 24TH DAY'S ITEM IS USUALLY A PICTURE OF THE
NATIVITY SCENE, OR THE FINAL TOUCH TO THE NATIVITY SCENE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A NICE CUSTOM IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS. OUR FAMILY
HAS FOLLOWED IT FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.24

Date learned: CA00001961

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

ON ST. NICHOLAS DAY, DECEMBER 6, THE CHILDREN LEAVE THEIR SHOES OUT
FOR HIM TO FILL THEM WITH GOODIES, OR IF THEY HAD BEEN BAD, A PIECE
OF COAL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANTS FAMILY STILL PRACTICES THIS CUSTOM AS I CAN READILY
ATTEST TO. THIS IS A VERY OLD GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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GERMAN IMMIGRANT'S OCTOBER FEST

EACH FALL THE GERMAN-AMERICANS OF GERMANTOWN, WISC. HOLD AN
OCTOBERFEST AND ATTEMPT TO DUPLICATE THE BEER GARDENS OF THEIR OLD
COUNTRY. BEER IS LIBERALLY SERVED ALONG WITH BRATWURST AND GERMAN
BANDS PLAY POLKAS WITH GERMAN VERSE. WAITERS AND WAITRESSES ARE
DRESSED IN THE TRADITIONAL CLOTHING OF THE OLD COUNTRY. THE
FESTIVAL IS GIVEN BY THE LOCAL LION'S CLUB AND THE PROCEEDS ARE
GIVEN TO CHARITY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT PERSONALLY PARTICIPATED IN THE 1967 OCTOBERFEST
IN GERMANTOWN.

Data entry tech comment: LATE SEPT. TO EARLY OCT. SPICER, DOROTHY. BOOK OF FESTIVALS.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; WEST BEND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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HALLOWEEN TRADITION

IT IS TRADITIONAL TO HAVE SCAVENGER HUNTS AROUND HALLOWEEN TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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ST. NICHOLAS DAY: ALLGAU BAVARIA, GERMANY

ABOUT TWO WEEKS BEFORE ST. NICHOLAS DAY, THE BAD NICHOLAS WOULD
SHOW UP. AFTER THE SUN WOULD SET (7:00 OR 7:30 P.M.), THE BAD
NICHOLAS WOULD COME THROUGH THE TOWN RATTLING CHAINS ON THE SHUTTERS
AND MAKING OTHER WEIRD NOISES.
ON THE EVE OF ST. NICHOLAS DAY, THE BAD NICHOLAS WOULD FINALLY MAKE
HIS APPEARANCE. HE WOULD BE WEARING RAGS, OLD BOOTS AND A LONG,
LONG BEARD. HE RESEMBLED A SCARECROW.
THE BAD NICHOLAS WOULD COME INTO EACH HOME AND ASK THE CHILDREN
IF THEY WERE GOOD OR BAD. HE WOULD HAVE THE CHILDREN SO SCARED,
THEY WOULD SOMETIMES GET ON THEIR KNEES AND PRAY.
AFTER THE BAD NICHOLAS WOULD LEAVE, THE CHILDREN WOULD HURRY TO GET
READY FOR THE COMING OF THE GOOD NICHOLAS. EACH CHILD WOULD GET A
DISH AND PUT IT ON THE TABLE WITH HIS NAME IN FRONT OF HIS DISH.
THEN THE CHILDREN WOULD GO TO BED.
ABOUT 4:30 A.M. THE CHILDREN WOULD GET UP AND LOOK FOR THE GIFTS
THE GOOD NICHOLAS BROUGHT THEM. EACH DISH WOULD BE FILLED WITH
APPLES, WALNUTS, LEBKUCHEN AND A TOY (HORSE OR WAGON FOR A BOY;
DOLL FOR A GIRL). ALL THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY WITH THEIR TOYS UNTIL
IT WAS TIME FOR SCHOOL.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, EVERYONE WAS VERY HAPPY THAT DAY.

Data entry tech comment: ST. NICHOLAS DAY, DEC. 6.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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HALLOWEEN SUPERSTITION

ON HALLOWEEN ALL THE SOULS OF THE DEAD RISE AND FLY AROUND
IN THE DARK. IF YOU SAY PRAYERS FOR ONE OF THE SOULS
THAT IS FLYING AROUND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO TO HEAVEN.
A PERSON IS SUPPOSED TO PRAY FOR ALL THE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THAT
HAVE DIED SO THAT HE CAN BE SURE THAT THEY WILL ALL
GO TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO
ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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HALLOWEEN

AT HALLOWEEN TIME , A WIRE WAS ATTACHED TO A WINDOW SCREEN. THEN
WHEN RUBBING THE WIRE WITH A PIECE OF ROSIN, IT WOULD MAKE EERIE
NOISES.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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ADVENT SEASON TRADITION

IN ST. CHRISTOPHER CHURCH, THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE COMMISSION OF THE
PARISH PUTS UP A CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE CHURCH, DECORATED WITH TAGS
WITH THE SIZE, AGE AND SEX OF THE SHUT-IN PEOPLE IN THE PARISH,
WRITTEN ON THEM. THE PARISHIONERS CHOOSE ONE OF THE TAGS AND
PURCHASE A GIFT FOR THAT PERSON. THE PARISHIONER THEN
RETURNS THE GIFT AND TAG TO THE COMMISSION FOR DISTRIBUTION
BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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"ROY-KATONG" FESTIVAL (THAILAND)

"THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS FESTIVAL IS TO APOLOGIZE TO THE WATER
SPIRIT FOR THE USE OF THE WATER AND FOR POLLUTING THE WATER.
BELIEVING THAT THE WATER COMES FROM HEAVEN, THE THAIS FLOAT SMALL
LOTUS-SHAPED RAFTS WITH CANDLES ON THEM IN THE RIVERS OF THAILAND
SO THAT EVENTUALLY THE RAFT WILL GO TO AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN. ALSO,
WHEN THEY FLOAT THE RAFTS, THE THAIS WILL MAKE A WISH AND
SOMETIMES A MAN AND WOMAN WILL GO TOGETHER."

Submitter comment: THE FESTIVAL USUALLY TAKES PLACE IN BETWEEN OCTOBER AND
NOVEMBER.
"ROY-KATONG" MEANS "FLOAT-SMALL-BOAT" IN THAI LANGUAGE.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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ON DECEMBER 6TH BOYS AND GIRLS PUT OUT THEIR SHOES
IN HOPES THAT ST. NICHOLAS WILL LEAVE CANDY FOR
THEM. BUT IF THE CHILDREN ARE BAD TO THEIR PARENTS,
THEY WILL GET NUTS AND STONES.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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CHINESE FESTIVAL

THE MOON FESTIVAL IS A MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL. IT TAKES
PLACE ON THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE EIGHTH MOON.
AT NIGHT SOME FARMERS WILL MAKE OFFERINGS TO THE MOON
IN EXCHANGE FOR A GOOD HARVEST IN THE COMING YEAR.
FRIENDS WILL GIVE EACH OTHER "MOONCAKES" AND CHILDREN
WILL LIGHT THEIR LANTERNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 02-24-1968

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ALL SAINTS' DAY (NOV. 1) TRADITIONALLY ASSOCIATED IN POLISH
LEGEND AND LITERATURE WITH GHOSTS AND WAYWARD SOULS,
PROVIDED THE SETTING FOR ADAM MICKIEWICZ'S
MASTERPIECE, "FOREFATHER'S EVE." TODAY, IT IS MUCH
LIKE MEMORIAL DAY IN THE UNITED STATES--A TIME TO
HONOR THE DEAD AND PLACE FLOWERS AND CANDLES ON
THEIR GRAVES.

James Callow comment: FROM A BOOK?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 1 All Saints
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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HOLLOWEEN MIRROR

IF A GIRL SITS, AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON
HALLOWEEN, BEFORE A MIRROR EATING AN APPLE, THE
IMAGE OF HER FUTURE HUSBAND WILL SUDDENLY APPEAR
BEFORE HER. IF NO IMAGE APPEARS, IT'S TAKEN
THAT THE GIRL WILL REMAIN A SPINSTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM--BEFORE CHRISTMAS

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT SOMEONE PUTS ALL
THE NAMES OF EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY IN A
HAT. THEN EACH PERSON PICKS A NAME. NOW
FOR THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS THIS PERSON IS
"KRIS KRINGLE" TO THE PERSON HE PICKED.
DURING ADVENT YOU DO NICE THINGS AND GIVE
LITTLE GIFTS, I.E., MAKING THEIR BED FOR
THEM, GIVING THEM CANDY. BUT THIS IS ALWAYS
DONE ANONIMOUSLY. THEN ON CHRISTMAS EVE
WE HAVE A PARTY AND YOU GIVE ONE LAST PRESENT
TO YOUR PERSON, WHO YOU HAVE BEEN HELPING AND
REVEAL THAT YOU'RE HIS "KRIS.."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN FESTIVAL

IN INDIA THEY HAVE THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN THE MONTH
OF OCTOBER. DURING THIS PERIOD THEY HANG LITTLE
LIGHTS ALL OVER THEIR HOUSES AND DOORS.

Data entry tech comment: DIWALI-OCT.-NOV. (KARTIKA). SPICER, "BOOK OF FESTIVALS."
KC[ KATHY LOESER.
CN[ AYOTTE, DENISE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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