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TREES WILL BEAR VERY WELL IF THEY ARE SCATTERED WITH ASHES ON
ASH WEDNESDAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS GRANDFATHER ALWAYS HAD A BRIEF CEREMONY FOR ALL
MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY AND THE WORKERS IN WHICH A FEW ASHES WERE
SCATTERED IN THE ORCHARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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ASH WEDNESDAY

ON ASH WEDNESDAY, THE FIRST DAY OF LENT, A SPECIAL MEAL WAS HAD BY
THE LITHUANIANS. RED JELLO WAS SERVED TO REMIND THE PEOPLE OF
THE RED BRICKS WHICH THE JEWS USED TO MAKE WHILE THEY WERE IN THEIR
CAPTIVITY IN EGYPT. HOLY CROSS BUNS WERE SERVED TO REMIND THE PEOPLE
THAT CHRIST HAS SAVED THE PEOPLE FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 09-23-1971

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LENTEN CUSTOM

ON ASH WEDNESDAY IN HUNGARY, THE BOYS DRESS AS COUPLES AND BLACKEN
THEIR FACES. THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRASS BAND AND GO FROM
HOUSE TO HOUSE AND COLLECT DOUGHNUTS FROM ALL SINGLE GIRLS
LIVING THERE.

Where learned: HUNGARY

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THERE IS A CUSTOM ON ASH WEDNESDAY IN WHICH
THE PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH AND RECEIVE ASHES ON THEIR FOREHEADS TO
REMIND THEM THAT THEY WERE ONCE DUST, AND SOMEDAY THEY WILL
RETURN TO DUST. ALSO, THIS REMINDS THEM TO BE PENITENT AND
HUMBLE DURING THE LENTEN SEASON, AND TO MAKE SACRIFICES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

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

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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ON ASH WEDNESDAY YOU WOULD KNOCK ON PEOPLES DOORS AND WHEN THEY
WOULD COME OUT, YOU WOULD THROW ASHES ON THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM WHEN SHE WAS IN POLAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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LENTEN CUSTOM

ASHES ARE PUT ON CATHOLIC FOREHEADS ON ASH WEDNESDAY TO
SYMBOLIZE OUR RETURN TO ASHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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When I was a child our family used to prepare for the
Easter holy days with six weeks of sincere fasting
and denying ourselves simple pleasures. When Easter
Sunday arrived we celebrated the Resurrection of
Christ with an abundance of food. On the Saturday
afternoon before this holy day we took our baskets of
food to the church and had them blessed by the priest.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lent

James Callow Keyword(s): Holy Saturday

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Holy Saturday

Date learned: 00001930S

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