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EASTER BUNNY

THE EASTER BUNNY (MY PARENTS) WOULD VISIT OUR HOUSE THE NIGHT
BEFORE EASTER MORNING. HE WOULD LEAVE BRIGHTLY COLORED EGGS,
ONES THAT I HAD DECORATED THE NIGHT BEFORE HIDDEN IN VARIOUS
SPOTS IN THE HOUSE, ALONG WITH BASKETS OF CHOCOLATES, JELLY
BEANS, AND OTHER CANDIES. I WOULD THEN FIND THESE GOODIES,
MY PARENTS ALSO USED TO GET LIVE BUNNIES FROM MY UNCLE'S RABBIT
FARM THAT WOULD BE HIDDEN IN THE HOUSE,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 0001950S

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FRENCH EASTER CELEBRATION

ON GOOD FRIDAY AT O:00 P.M. ALL THE BELLS STOP AND THE
CHILDREN ARE TOLD THE BELLS HAVE FLOWN TO ROME. WHEN THE CHILDREN
HEAR THE BELLS ON EASTER THEY ARE TOLD THAT THE BELLS DROP
EASTER EGGS ON THEIR WAY BACK TO THE CHURCHES. THE EASTER EGG HUNT
BEGINS WHEN THE BELLS RING ON EASTER. THE BELLS TAKE THE PLACE OF
THE EASTER BUNNY.

Submitter comment: SEEN IN FRANCE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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EASTER CUSTOM

AMONG THIS MAN'S FAMILY, IT WAS CUSTOMARY TO HAVE THE CHILDREN PUT A
CARROT ON THE FRONT PORCH ON THE EVENING OF HOLY SATURDAY (THE DAY
BEFORE EASTER) SO THAT THE EASTER BUNNY WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT
WHEN HE CAME TO VISIT THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 10-16-1971

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EASTER CUSTOM

IN HUNGARY, CHILDREN MAKE A NEST AND PUT IT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. THE
EASTER BUNNY COMES THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER AND FILLS THE NEST WITH
EGGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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EASTER CUSTOM

EVERY EASTER, MY MOTHER MAKES ABOUT 20 LAMB CAKES AND BUNNY CAKES,
AND GIVES THEM TO FRIENDS, THE PRIESTS, THE NUNS, AND RELATIVES.

Submitter comment:

FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: TOLD BY ; QUESTIONNAIRE

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; GIFTS

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

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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ON EASTER MORNING, THE CHILDREN OF THE FAMILY GO AROUND THE HOUSE
HUNTING FOR EASTER EGGS THAT THE EASTER BUNNY HID FOR THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

THE EASTER BUNNY, LIKE THE EGG, HAS ITS ORIGINS IN PRE-CHRISTIAN
FERTILITY LORE. BEING SUCH FERTILE ANIMALS, THE HARE AND THE RABBIT
SYMBOLIZED THE NEW LIFE OF THE SPRING SEASON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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EASTER CUSTOM OF APPLETON, WISCONSIN

THE RESIDENTS OF APPLETON, WISCONSIN TRADITIONALLY COLOR EASTER
EGGS AND HIDE THEM FOR THEIR CHILDREN ON EASTER SUNDAY MORNING.
MANY AT THE SAME TIME GIVE THEIR CHILDREN EASTER BASKETS FILLED
WITH CANDY AND TOYS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS EXPERIENCED THE CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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EASTER CUSTOMS

ON EASTER SUNDAY, MY COUSINS AND MYSELF WOULD GO TO MY
GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE AND SEARCH ALL OVER TO FIND OUR EASTER BASKETS
WHICH THE "EASTER BUNNY" HAD LEFT.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector and informant are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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EASTER BELIEF OR CUSTOM

THE "EASTER BUNNY" SUPPOSEDLY BRINGS EGGS AND CANDY TO CHILDREN ON
EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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EASTER

ON EASTER DAY, THE PARENTS HID THE DYED EGGS INSIDE THE HOUSE AND
THE CHILDREN, ALL AT ONCE, SEARCHED FOR THEM. HOWEVER, THEY HAD TO
RETURN THEM AS THEY FOUND THEM TO THEIR BASKET WHICH COULDN'T BE
CARRIED ALONG. PAPA SNITCHED THE FOUND ONES FROM THE BASKETS AND
REHID THEM!

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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EASTER BUNNY

WE USED TO PUT CARROTS UNDER OUR PILLOW SO THAT THE EASTER BUNNY
WOULD BE SURE TO COME TO OUR HOUSE. I THINK THAT IT'S AN HUNGARIAN
CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; informant's dorm room

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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EASTER CELEBRATION

THE HIDING OF EASTER EGGS BY PARENTS AND THE FINDING OF THESE
EGGS BY THEIR CHILDREN.

Submitter comment:

FAMILY PRACTICE.

Data entry tech comment:

INFORMANT AND COLLECTOR ARE THE SAME PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; 3135 PEBBLE LANE

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

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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EASTER CELEBRATION

LEAVING OUT CARROTS AND LETTUCE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY.

Submitter comment:

FAMILY CUSTOM

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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THE CARROT MARCH

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER MORNING, WHEN THE CHILDREN PUT OUT THEIR
EASTER BASKETS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY TO FILL WITH CANDY, ALL THOSE WHO
WISH TO PARTICIPATE ARE EACH GIVEN A CARROT. THESE CARROTS ARE
HELD AT CHEST LEVEL POINTED VERTICALLY. THEN THE MARCH BEGINS. THE
HEAD OF THE HOUSE LEADS FOR AWHILE AND THEN ANOTHER DESIGNATED PARTY.
THE PARTICIPANTS WALK IN SINGLE FILE, FOLLOWING THE LEADER
WHEREVER HE GOES. A CHANT IS SUNG BY ALL PARTICIPANTS. IT GOES--
"OREO--OREO" IN A DEEP VOICE.

Submitter comment:

OUR FAMILY DOES THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person. Instructor asked if her father or grandfather did this as children, and she said no, just her family.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 663.12.30.7
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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ON EASTER, HARD-BOILED EGGS ARE COLORED WITH VARIOUS
FOOD COLORINGS. THE YOUNGER CHILDREN BELIEVE
THAT THIS IS DONE BY THE EASTER BUNNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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