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IF IT RAINS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY OR ON THE DAY OF
YOUR WEDDING, YOU WILL HAVE A PROSPEROUS COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

GRANDMOTHERS AND PARENTS CELEBRATE NAME'S DAY RATHER THAN
BIRTHDAYS.

Submitter comment: THEY FEEL THAT THE SAINT'S NAME'S DAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN
BIRTHDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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CHOCOLATE CAKE

WELL, I ALWAYS HAVE BAKED A CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR YOUR DAD ON HIS BIRTHDAY, WITH
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS LIKE FRESH CHOCOLATE AND BUTTERMILK.  I MADE IT
FROM SCRATCH. MY MOTHER USED TO DO THAT FOR MY FATHER ON HIS BIRTHDAY
TOO.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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BIRTHDAY CANDLES

ON YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE, THE NUMBER OF
CANDLES YOU CAN'T BLOW OUT IS THE NUMBER OF
BOYFRIENDS YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

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CUSTOM DEATH

MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY OF A DECEASED PERSON SHOULD WEAR BLACK ARMBANDS
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN THIS FAMILY AS A REMEMBERANCE FOR THE DEAD RELATIVE

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE LIGHT A YAHRZEIT CANDLE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF A
PERSON'S DEATH.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE UNVEIL A TOMBSTONE ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
OF A PERSON'S DEATH.

Submitter comment: THE TOMBSTONE HAS BEEN VEILED BEFORE THIS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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BIRTHDAY CUSTOM

A GIRL'S 15TH BIRTHDAY IS CELEBRATED BY TAKING THE GIRL TO CHURCH
AND GIVING HER A GOLD RING. THE GIRL CAN TAKE 6 OTHER GIRLS WITH
HER. THESE GIRLS BUY THE BIRTHDAY DRESS AND EVERYTHING THAT GOES
WITH IT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT CELEBRATED HER 15TH BIRTHDAY THIS WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

DON'T LET A BABY LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE IT'S ONE YEAR OLD, BECAUSE
IT WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS AN ENGLISH SUPERSTITION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CHARMS

YOU RECIEVE CHARMS OR CHARM BRACELETS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY TO
INSURE THAT YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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INDEX OF 7-INCH REEL OF THAI FESTIVALS AND CUSTOMS

FLOATING WATER LILY FESTIVAL, THAI NEW YEAR CELEBRATION (APRIL 13)
BURPING AFTER MEALS IN NORTHERN THAILAND
THAI HARVEST FESTIVAL (ONE-SART)
RAINING SEASON FESTIVAL (BUDDHIST LENT,
ACTUALLY MORE LIKE MARDI GRAS)
EATING HABITS IN THAILAND, CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,
WEDDINGS, AND FUNERALS IN THAILAND

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 13
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F646
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001960S

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

INVENTORY OF TAPE;NIGERIAN FUNERALS,NAMING CEREMONY, WEDDINGS,
CARE OF TEETH, PARTIES FOR I6-AND 2!-YEAR-OLDS,CONFIRMATION
EATING CUSTOMS, BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES OF NIGERIANS BACK FROM ABROAD,
CELEBRATION OF APRIL FOOLS BEFORE NOON

Where learned: NIGERIA ; POSSIBLY SOMETHING ABOUT IRELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

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PARODY SUNG TO THE TUNE OF " HAPPY BIRTHDAY "

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
YOU LIVE IN A ZOO
YOU LOOK LIKE A MONKEY
AND ACT LIKE ONE TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

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FIRST BIRTHDAY

ON A BABY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY, PLACE A ROSARY, WHISKY
GLASS AND SOME MONEY BEFORE HIM. WHICHEVER HE PICKS
WILL BE WHAT HE BECOMES: A PRIEST, A DRUNK, OR
A WEALTHY PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS WAS A PRACTICED CUSTOM AMONG HER FAMILY.

Where learned: TOLD IN ; MCKENDRICK ; ANCIENT DRAMA CLASS

Keyword(s): LIQUOR

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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BIRTHDAY CAKE

EATING THE FIRST SLICE OF YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK AND MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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THE WAY YOU ACT ON YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THE WAY
YOU WILL BEHAVE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): FUNTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

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JAPANESE & NUMBER 8

THE NUMBER 8 IS HONORED BY JAPANESE.
JAPAN IS CALLED "EIGHT LARGE ISLANDS." BUDDHIST
DEITIES ARE REPRESENTED ON A LOTUS FLOWER OF
EIGHT PEDALS. THE 88TH BIRTHDAY IS A VERY
GRAND ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.88
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

IN THE DORMS AT U. OF D. WHEN A GUY HAS A BIRTHDAY, WHEN THE FOUNTAIN
IS TURNED ON, HE IS THROWN IN THERE, OTHERWISE HE IS THROWN INTO THE
SHOWER.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: NOT ENTERED

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MARRIAGE ; SWEETS ; OBTAINING GOOD LUCK.

FREEZE THE TOP PORTION OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM'S WEDDING CAKE. ON
THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, THE COUPLE CAN UN-THAW IT, EAT THE CAKE,
AND IT WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM DEALS NOT ONLY WITH MARRIAGE BUT WITH LUCK ALSO.
AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE OF MODERN FOLKLORE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; BERWYN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.41

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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PREDICTION CUSTOM

ON A CHILD'S FIRST BIRTHDAY, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SET OUT ON A
TABLE: A PRAYER BOOK AND ROSARY, A KEY, A HALF-DOLLAR, AND A SHOT
GLASS. THE CHILD IS HELD UP TO THE TABLE AND ALLOWED TO PICK ONE OF
THE ITEMS; THE ITEM CHOSEN INDICATES THE FUTURE PROFESSION OF THE
CHILD. IF THE PRAYER BOOK AND ROSARY ARE CHOSEN, THE CHILD WILL
CHOOSE A RELIGIOUS VOCATION. IF THE KEY IS PICKED, IT MEANS THE CHILD
WILL BE A GOOD MANAGER OF HIS OR HER HOUSEHOLD. IF THE HALF-DOLLAR IS
PICKED, THE CHILD WILL BECOME WEALTHY. IF THE SHOT GLASS IS THE
CHOSEN ITEM, THE CHILD WILL GROW UP TO BE A DRUNKARD.

Submitter comment: IN 1920 A FRIEND OF MY INFORMANT FOLLOWED THIS PROCEDURE WITH HER SON
AND RECEIVED A SURPRISE WHEN THE BOY PICKED UP THE HALF-DOLLAR AND
IMMEDIATELY DROPPED IT IN THE SHOT GLASS. THIS SEEMED TO INDICATE
THAT THE BOY WOULD BE WEALTHY BUT ALL OF HIS MONEY WOULD BE SPENT ON
DRINK.
APPARENTLY THE PEOPLE WHO OBSERVED THIS CUSTOM DID NOT REALLY BELIEVE
IN ITS ACCURACY, THEY SIMPLY ENJOYED THE CUSTOM FOR ITS OWN SAKE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 02-17-1979

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