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ENGAGEMENT RING

IF A BOY GIVES YOU AN ENGAGEMENT RING ON A SPECIAL DAY LIKE YOUR
BIRTHDAY, CHRISTMAS, EASTER, ETC., IT CAN BE REGARDED AS A GIFT
AND NEED NOT BE RETURNED. YOU MUST RETURN IT IF HE GIVES IT TO
YOU ON AN ORDINARY DAY.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS INFORMATION FROM MY GIRL FRIEND, MARGIE SMITH,
ABOUT 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement ring
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC EASTER CUSTOMS

EASTER OR VELYKDEN OCCUPIES THE CENTRAL POINT IN THE LITURGICAL
YEAR. ON EASTER SUNDAY THERE IS A PROCESSION AROUND THE CHURCH IN
THE EARLY MORNING. IT COMMEMORATES THE PROCESSION OF THE MYRRH
BEARING WOMEN, TO THE TOMB OF JESUS. EASTER BREAD OR "PASKA"
IS BLESSED AND EATEN, IT REPRESENTS CHRIST. EASTER EGGS OR "PYSANKY"
ARE DELICATELY AND INTRICATELY HAND PAINTED. THE ORIGIN OF THE
CUSTOM TO PAGAN UKRAINE HAD PAINTED EGG REPRESENTING THE RESURRECTION
TO A NEW LIFE OF NATURE IN THE SPRING. PYSANKY ARE EXCHANGED
THROUGHOUT THE THREE DAYS OF THE EASTER HOLIDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY,
AND TUESDAY, WITH THE FAMILIAR GREETINGS "KHRYSTOS VOSKRES" TO
WHICH THE RECIPIENT REPLIES "VOISTYNU VOSKRES". THIS MEANS "CHRIST
IS RISEN" AND "HE IS RISEN INDEED". THE WHOLE WEEK AFTER EASTER IS
"ZAHALNYTSIA" OR COMPACT WEEK. MEAT WAS ORIGINALLY ALLOWED TO BE
EATEN.

Submitter comment: THIS CELEBRATION HAS CHANGED VERY LITTLE OVER THE YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day
BELIEF -- Moon
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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EASTER BREAKFAST CUSTOM

ON HOLY SATURDAY YOU WOULD PREPARE A BASKET LINED WITH LINEN NAPKINS
AND COVERED WITH THEM TOO. IN THE BASKET YOU WOULD PUT LITTLE ROUND
LOAVES OF BREAD, COLORED BOILED EGGS, LAMB SHAPED WHIPPED BUTTER,
SALT AND PEPPER, HORSERADISH, KIELBASA AND HAM. YOU WOULD TAKE THIS
TO THE PARISH TO BE BLESSED AND ON EASTER MORNING IT WOULD BE YOUR
BREAKFAST. ANYTHING YOU DIDN'T EAT WOULD HAVE TO BE BURNED OR BURIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFTOVERS

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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BELIEF

IF YOU TAKE A DRINK OF NEW HOLY WATER ON EASTER SUNDAY YOU WILL NOT
GET ANYTHING CAUGHT IN YOUR THROAT THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A BELIEF THAT SEEMS TO BE HELD MOSTLY BY ELDER CATHOLIC
WOMEN.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; HAZELTON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001960S

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EASTER CUSTOM

BOYS WOULD MAKE TINY HOLES WITH A NEEDLE AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF AN
EGG AND BLOW THE INSIDES OUT. WHEN THE GIRLS WERE STANDING UP
IN CHURCH THE BOYS WOULD SNEAK UP AND PIN THE EMPTY SHELL
ON THEIR BACKS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE TO UNMARRIED GIRLS IN POLAND.
THE INFORMANT IS NOT SURE WHETHER IT WAS DONE AT CHRISTMAS OR
OR EASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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EASTER CUSTOM

ON THE FIRST DAY AFTER EASTER THE BOYS IN THE CITY WOULD SPRINKLE
THE GIRLS WITH PERFUME BUT IN THE VILLAGE THE BOYS WOULD THROW
PAILS FULL OF WATER AT
THE GIRLS AS THEY WOULD BE GOING TO CHURCH. THE GIRLS WOULD
SPLASH THEM BACK WITH A CUPFUL OF WATER.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOK PLACE IN POLAND.
IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, WHICH IS DETROIT, A LADY SAID THAT BOYS
WOULD HIT GIRLS THE DAY
AFTER EASTER AND THE GIRLS COULDN'T HIT BACK. THE OPPOSITE HELD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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EASTER CELEBRATIONS

A MAN WOULD INVITE A PRIEST TO VISIT HIS FAMILY AT HOME DURING
EASTER. THE PRIEST WOULD BLESS THE WAFER. THE ORGANIST WOULD
COLLECT HAY, GRAIN, OR MONEY FOR THE CHURCH.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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A POLISH TRADITION AT EASTER IN MY FAMILY IS TO LEAVE A CHAIR VACANT
AT THE TABLE FOR CHRIST TO BE PRESENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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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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BLACK FAST

BEFORE EASTER , EASTERN ORTHODOX CATHOLICS REFRAIN FROM EATING MEAT
OR MEAT PRODUCTS INCLUDING EGGS, MILK AND FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LENTEN ABSTINENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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GRANDPARENTS'
POLISH HOLY SATURDAY- SAMPLES OF THE EASTER BREAKFAST ARE TAKEN TO
THE CHURCH TO BE BLESSED AND ARE THEN MIXED WITH THE REST OF THE
BREAKFAST ON EASTER MORNING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 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 -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P663 P663.12

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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ON EASTER SATURDAY, THE DAY BEFORE EASTER, WE TAKE FOOD TO CHURCH
TO BE BLESSED. EVERYONE SHARED THIS FOOD THE NEXT MORNING FOR
BREAKFAST, HARD BOILED EGGS, HAM, BREAD, BUTTER, SALT, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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POLISH CUSTOM

ALL FOOD FOR EASTER MORNING MEAL IS BLESSED ON EASTER SATURDAY.THE
TRADITIONAL MEAL CONSISTS OF BOILED HAM, HARD BOILED EGGS, BUTTER,
SALT, PEPPER, COFFEE CAKE AND COFFEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER BASKETS ARE HIDDEN FROM THE CHILDREN ON THE NIGHT BEFORE.
IN THE MORNING THE CHILDREN FIND THE BASKETS WITH THEIR NAME ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER

EASTER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GREEK DAY IN THE YEAR. AFTER
CHURCH EVERYONE GOES HOME AND CRACKS HARD BOILED RED EGGS
TOGETHER. EACH HOLDS AN EGG AND HITS IT AGAINST SOMEONE
ELSE'S. THE ONE WHOSE EGG BREAKS FIRST WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: 11-28-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER SUNDAY MORNING THERE WERE NO EASTER BASKETS , BUT CHOCOLATE
RABBITS WERE CAREFULLY HIDDEN AROUND THE HOUSE. THE CHILDREN HAD TO
HUNT FOR THESE AND COULD KEEP WHAT THEY FOUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements

Date learned: 10-14-1972

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POLISH EASTER BREAKFAST

THE POLISH EASTER BREAKFAST ALWAYS CONSISTS OF BLESSED FOOD.
THE EASTER BASKET ALWAYS CONTAINS: PUMPERNICKLE BREAD, HAM,
SAUSAGE, HORSERADISH, A SMALL BUTTER LAMB, ALL SEASONINGS USED BY
THE FAMILY, HARD BOILED EGGS, CANDY AND COOKIES. THERE ARE
ONLY SMALL AMOUNTS OF EACH ITEM (ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE TO GET HIS
FILL) BECAUSE ALL OF THE BLESSED FOOD MUST BE EATEN. NONE OF IT
CAN BE THROWN AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 12-01-1975

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FESTIVAL CUSTOM -- FASNACHT

ON SHROVE TUESDAY THE PEOPLE DRESS IN COSTUMES JUST LIKE WE DO
ON HALLOWEEN. THEY ALSO SERVE FASNACHT KUKELEY WHICH IS A THIN
TART IN POWDERED SUGAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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SHROVE TUESDAY CUSTOM

ON SHROVE TUESDAY (THE DAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY) IN OUR FAMILY
IT IS PANCAKE TUESDAY. MY MOTHER PUTS MONEY OR BUTTONS IN OUR
PANCAKES. BUTTONS SIGNIFY BAD BEHAVIOR, WHILE MONEY SIGNIFIES
GOOD BEHAVIOR.

Where learned: RECEIVED THROUGH QUESTIONNAIRE

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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