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THE FEAST OF THE LORD'S BODY {CORPUS CHRISTI}

IN MAY OR JUNE ALTARS WERE SET UP OUTSIDE. THEY WERE SET UP
IN THE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. A PROCESSION WOULD BE HELD
BY THE VILLAGES WHICH BELONGED TO ONE PARISH.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED IN POLAND. THIS FEAST IS CORPUS CHRISTI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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ORANGES

AN ITALIAN CUSTOM AT EASTER TIME IS TO EAT SLICED ORANGES WITH
OIL AND PEPPER ON THEM. THIS IS DONE FOR GOOD LUCK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.36

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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BELIEF

YOU GO OUT IN THE SPRING MORNING DEW TO WASH YOUR FACE TO REMOVE ALL
ACNE PIMPLES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER 30 YEARS AGO. SHE DOES NOT
BELIEVE IT TO BE TRUE BUT HER MOTHER DID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

THE HEAD OF A JEWISH HOUSEHOLD HIDES A PIECE OF MATZOH
THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF PASSOVER.

Submitter comment: WHOEVER FINDS THE MATZOH RECEIVES A GIFT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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CUSTOM

IN NAPLES, ITALY, THE PEOPLE CELEBRATE A HOLIDAY CALLED GRAVE YARD
DAY , WHICH OCCURS IN THE SPRING OF EVERY YEAR. ON THIS DAY THE
PEOPLE GO TO VISIT THE GRAVES OF DEAD RELATIVES.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

James Callow Keyword(s): GRAVEYARD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER EVERYBODY AT THE DINNER TAKES A BITE OF THE SAME EGG.
THIS IS SO EVERYBODY WILL GET ALONG DURING THE NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

A FEW DAYS BEFORE EASTER MY MOTHER WOULD TAKE A BASKET OF FOOD TO THE
PRIEST TO BE BLESSED. THIS WAS FOR GOOD HEALTH IN THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THE BASKET OF FOOD CONSISTED OF THE MAIN FOODS THE FAMILY ATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GOOD LUCK GESTURE

WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FIRST ROBIN OF THE SEASON, LICK YOUR THUMB,
TOUCH IT TO YOUR PALM OF YOUR HAND, AND THEN POUND THAT PALM WITH
YOUR FIST FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER TIME, YOU PASS OUT A HARDBOILED EGG TO EVERYONE PRESENT
AND THEY CUT IT UP INTO AS MANY PIECES AS THERE ARE PEOPLE. THEN
THEY PASS THEM AROUND UNTIL EVERYONE HAS ONE PIECE FROM EACH PERSON.
THIS IS SO THAT YOU WILL STAY CLOSE TO ALL THESE PEOPLE DURING
THE ENSUING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SLOVAK CUSTOM THAT THE INFORMANTS FAMILY DOES PRACTICE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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EASTER CUSTOM

ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER, THE MEN WOULD TAKE A TONIC BOTTLE FILLED
WITH WATER AND SQUIRT THE WOMAN HE LIKED WITH THE WATER. WOMEN DID
THE SAME TO THE MEN ON TUESDAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM WHOSE ORIGIN IS UNKNOWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS STILL ITALIAN SASTU BREAD. IT COMES
IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND SOMETIMES IS ALSO MADE WITH EGGS SET INTO
THE DOUGH. IT WAS ALSO GIVEN AS A GIFT AFTER THE PEOPLE HAD HAD IT
BLESSED AT THE CHURCH ON GOOD FRIDAY OR HOLY SATURDAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ON EASTER, THEY SERVE WHOLE ROASTED BALRY LAMB AND MANICOTTI WITH
TOMATO SAUCE. EVERY HOLIDAY HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL MEAL, BUT THEY ALL
END UP WITH EXPRESSO COFFEE AND FRUIT AND NUT MIX.

Submitter comment: REALLY ENJOYS TALKING ABOUT ITALIAN COOKING.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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GOOD FRIDAY (CATHOLIC)

WE KEPT A COMPLETELY MEATLESS DAY. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT ANY
PRODUCT THAT WAS DERIVED FROM AN ANIMAL OR FOWL. THIS ELIMINATED THE
USE OF EGGS, MILK AND LARD. WE ATE COOKED WHEAT FOR BREAKFAST. THE
REST OF THE DAY WAS REGULATED BY LENTEN OBSERVANCES; 1/4 OF YOUR
REGULAR LUNCH AND A FULL MEAL AT EVENING. THESE CONSISTED OF BOILED
POTATOES, NO BUTTER, AND IN THOSE DAYS THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS
MARGARINE OR EGG OR MILK SUSTITUTES, TOMATOES, FRUIT, AND BOILED
SOUP BEANS. WE WERE ALSO NOT ALLOWED TO TALK FROM 12 NOON UNTIL
3 P.M..

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS FAMILY PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM IN MAGADORE, OHIO; AND SHE

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT ISIDORE (APRIL 22)

THE FARMERS BROUGHT THEIR SEEDS AND SOILS INTO THE CHURCH AND THEY
WERE BLESSED WITH A SPECIAL RITUAL FOR A GOOD CROP.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SPANISH CUSTOM THAT HAS SPREAD TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND IS
PRACTICED TO SOME DEGREE IN MAGADORE, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PLANTING CUSTOM

CUCUMBERS WERE PLANTED ON THE LONGEST DAY, JUNE 21, TO INSURE GOOD,
LONG PICKLES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PLANTING SUPERSTITION

DO NOT PLANT ANYTHING IN THE SIGN OF THE POSEY, OR ALL THAT YOU WILL
GET ARE BLOSSOMS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN BELIEF. DID NOT EXPLAIN THE SIGN OF THE POSEY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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THE SALISH INDIANS BECAME FERVENT CATHOLICS. EVERY YEAR ON GOOD
FRIDAY THEY HAD A RELIGIOUS PROCESSION. IT WOUND THROUGH THE WHOLE
TOWN. THEY ALWAYS DRESSED IN THEIR NATIVE COSTUMES AND DANCED AND
SANG. SOME OF THE MEN CARRIED HUGE HEAVY CROSSES. THEY ALSO CARRIED
A WOODEN VERSION OF THE PIETA. AT MY AGE THEN, IT WAS THE ONLY
"GOOD" THING ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Adoration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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GERMAN SPRING CUSTOM

IN MANY VILLAGES IN GERMANY AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING A STRAW MAN
REPRESENTING WINTER IS BURNED AND PEOPLE DANCE AROUND IT. ONE
PERSON IS DRESSED UP TO REPRESENT SPRING.

Submitter comment: SHE DID THIS IN A YOUNG PEOPLE'S CLUB IN GERMANY. IT WAS ORIGINALLY
DONE IN GERMAN VILLAGES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 02-07-1967

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BELIEF

THE MALTESE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU HAVE YOUR
HOUSE BLESSED AT EASTERTIME BY A
CLERGYMAN THIS WILL WARD OFF
THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-06-1972

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BLESSING OF THE FLEET

IT IS CUSTOMARY IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE MEN MAKE THEIR
LIVING THROUGH SHIPS TO HAVE A BLESSING OF THE FLEET, FOR THE PAST
EIGHT YEARS, THIS CEREMONY HAS BEEN HELD IN DETROIT. IT IS HELD AT
THE DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM, BELLE ISLE EVERY SPRING IN MARCH.
THE CEREMONY CONSISTS MAINLY OF AN INVOCATION TO GOD TO ASK FOR THE
SAFETY OF THE VESSELS AND THE MEN THAT SAIL THEM FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Data entry tech comment: PROGRAM IS ATTACHED TO ORIGINAL 5 BY 7 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: NOT ENTERED

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