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PALM SUNDAY

MEMBERS AT CHURCH WAVE PALM LEAVES BACK AND FORTH WHILE SONGS ARE
BEING SUNG IN HONOR OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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IN THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH, WILLOWS ARE HANDED OUT ON PALM
SUNDAY (JULIAN CALENDER) INSTEAD OF PALMS.

Submitter comment: NO ONE REALLY KNOWS FOR SURE HOW THIS CUSTOM ORIGINATED OR WHY.
I RECALL HEARING A STORY HOWEVER, THAT SAID THE REASON WE USE
WILLOWS IS BECAUSE WILLOWS WERE LAID AT CHRIST'S FEET WHEN HE
ENTERED JERUSALEM. BOTH PUSSY WILLOWS AND WILLOWS ARE USED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

PUSSYWILLOW IS HITTING, BUT NOT I, FOR WITHIN A WEEK WILL BE
WILL BE EASTER.

Submitter comment: IT IS A TRADITION TO RECEIVE PUSSYWILLOWS ON PALM SUNDAY, SINCE IN
UKRAINE PALMS WERE NOT AVAILABLE.

Data entry tech comment: SEE HANDWRITTEN 5 X 8 FILE FOR UKRAINIAN VERSION OF THE ABOVE VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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PALM SUNDAY TRADITION

ON PALM SUNDAY THE PEOPLE USED TO HAVE PROCESSIONS AROUND THE
CHURCH WITH PALMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

AFTER COMING HOME WITH YOUR PALMS ON PALM SUNDAY, TAKE THEM AND
STRIKE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY SAYING:
PALM BIJE (YOU'RE HITTING WITH PALMS)
NIE ZABIJE (BUT THEY WON'T KILL)
WIELKI DZIEN (THERE IS A BIG DAY)
ZA TYDZIEN (WITHIN A WEEK )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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WEAVE A CROSS

ON PALM SUNDAY, SOME PEOPLE WEAVE A CROSS OUT OF THE PALM RECEIVED
AT CHURCH AND PLACE IT ON A TOMBSTONE OF A LOVED ONE IN THE CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DID NOT PRACTICE THIS BUT SAW MANY PEOPLE DO IT IN THE
CEMETERY SHE VISITS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 03-17-1972

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PALM SUNDAY

ON PALM SUNDAY WE BRING PALMS THAT WERE BLESSED AT CHURCH AND
DISPLAY THEM ON THE WALLS AROUND THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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SPRING CUSTOM __ PALM SUNDAY

THE UKRANIAN PEOPLE USED TO BLESS PUSSY WILLOWS INSTEAD OF PALMS
AFTER THE PUSSY WILLOWS WERE BLESSED AT CHURCH THEY WOULD BE TAKEN
HOME BY EACH FAMILY. IN THE HOME THEY WERE PLACED ABOVE A HOLY
PICTURE. AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THE OLD PUSSY WILLOWS WERE
BURNED. THIS DAY WAS SOMETIMES CALLED WILLOW SUNDAY. WILLOWS
WERE USED BECAUSE PALMS WERE COSTLY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW OF THIS PRACTICE THROUGH A FRIEND AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN. HIS NAME IS SMENA RAKOVSKEY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM ; WILLOW

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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PALM SUNDAY

IT IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM ON THE SUNDAY BEFORE EASTER (CALLED
WILLOW "SHUTKOVA" OR FLOWER "KVITNA" SUNDAY "NEDILA") TO TAP
PEOPLE WITH THE PUSSY WILLOW BRANCHES RECEIVED IN CHURCH AND SAY
"IT IS NOT I HITTING YOU, ITS THE PUSSY WILLOW; A WEEK FROM TODAY
IS EASTER"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

THE FATHER OF THE FAMILY WOULD BRING THE BLESSINGS OF PALM
SUNDAY HOME TO HIS FAMILY BY TOUCHING EACH CHILD WITH HIS BLESSED
PALM. THEN, HE BLESSED THE HOUSE WITH HOLY WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

ONLY FISH IS SERVED ON PALM SUNDAY IN GREEK HOUSEHOLDS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS THROUGH FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: UNKNOWN ; MAIL ; CORRESPONDENCE WITH COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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THE PUSSY WILLOW WHIP

IN THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THERE IS A CUSTOM ON PALM SUNDAY
(THE DAY PUSSY WILLOWS ARE DISTRIBUTED IN THE BYZANTINE RITE)
WHICH CONSISTS OF HITTING EACH OTHER WITH PUSSY WILLOWS. THE
MEANING BEING THAT SINCE PUSSY WILLOWS REPRESENT THE FIRST SIGN
OF SPRING (BEGINNING OF LIFE) PEOPLE HIT EACH OTHER WITH THEM TO
SYMBOLIZE GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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PALM SUNDAY

IN SOME CATHOLIC CHURCHES, ALL THE HOLY WATER IS PLACED IN
LARGE RECEPTICLES AND BLESSED. THIS WATER WILL BE USED THE
FOLLOWING YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS DONE IN NEW YORK CITY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOMS

WHEN OUR FAMILY RECEIVES PALM BRANCHES FROM CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY,
WE BRAID THEM, USING TWO OR FOUR STRANDS, AND DISPLAY THEM IN OUR
HOME.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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PALM SUNDAY

ON PALM SUNDAY, BLESSED PALMS ARE RECEIVED BY THE PEOPLE IN MEMORY
OF CHRISTS RIDE THROUGH JERUSALEM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

THE ITALIANS MADE UP WITH PEOPLE THEY WERE MAD AT ON PALM SUNDAY
BY TRADING PALMS WITH THE ANGRY PEOPLE.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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BURNING OF PALMS

THE PALMS GIVEN OUT ON PALM SUNDAY ARE BURNED DURING A STORM
IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE HOUSE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

PALMS ARE DISTRIBUTED AFTER EACH MASS TO THE PEOPLE ATTENDING THE
CATHOLIC SERVICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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LITHUANIAN PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

AFTER MASS ON PALM SUNDAY EVERYONE SWITCHES EACH OTHER WITH PALM
FRONDS TO SIGNIFY THE MOCKING AND HUMILIATION OF CHRIST BEFORE
HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

ON PALM SUNDAY THE PALMS RECEIVED AT MASS ARE SOAKED IN WATER,
AND THEN BRAIDED TO FORM CROWNS (SYMBOLIZING CHRIST'S CROWN OF
THORNS) OR SHEAVES OF WHEAT (SYMBOLIZING A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST).
THESE BRAIDED PALMS ARE PLACED BEHIND ALL CRUCIFIXES AND RELIGIOUS
PICTURES IN THE HOME. THESE PALMS ARE BURNT AND REPLACED NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM AND CRAFT FROM THE SISTERS
OF CHARITY IN MONTREAL, AND CARRIES IT ON HERSELF EACH YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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