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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

'TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING
DID END AND DID SPARE,
AS MY FATHER LAY MOANING,
SPROUT OUT IN HIS CHAIR. {SPRAWLED?}
HIS BELT WAS ALL THROBBING,
HIS FACE WAS ALL PLUSHED {FLUSHED?}
I KNEW IN A MOMENT
THAT HE'D SURELY BUST.
THEN OUT OF THE SILENCE,
CAME A KABOOM
TURKEY AND CRANBERRIES,
ALL OVER THE ROOM.
THE DOCTORS THEY SAVED HIM,
AND ARE STILL HERE TO SAY,
NEVER EAT A WHOLE TURKEY
ON THANKSGIVING DAY.

James Callow comment: PARODY OF NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
CN[ HARTWIG, WILLIAM 720390
C1[ 260 ALAMEDA
C2[ YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 44504
DNC[ 1,692
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE FAST ON THE HOLIDAY YOM KIPPUR.

Submitter comment: YOM KIPPUR OR THE DAY OF ATONEMENT IS THE HOLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR.
GOD DECIDES ON THIS DAY WHO SHALL LIVE AND WHO SHALL DIE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): FASTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

ALL JEWISH PEOPLE MUST EAT SOME HONEY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW
YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS PRACTICE INSURES A SWEET YEAR.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ROSH HASHANAH

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

DURING THE SUCCOT HOLIDAY THE JEWISH PEOPLE EAT THEIR MEALS IN A HUT
OR SUCCOT.

Submitter comment: THIS HOLIDAY COMES RIGHT AFTER NEW YEAR'S.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): SUCCOT ; SUKKOT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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HARVEST CUSTOM

AT HARVEST TIME, A CLUB OR SOME OTHER ORGANIZATION WOULD MAKE A TREE
OUT OF EVERGREEN SPRIGS AND WOULD THEN RAFFLE IT OFF TO THE COUPLE
WITH THE HIGHEST BID. THEN THE COUPLE WOULD SELL THE RIBBONS TO
REIMBURSE THEMSELVES. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, THIS CUSTOM HAS BECOME
HIGHLY COMMERCIAL AND IS NO LONGER USED EXCLUSIVELY TO HELP SMALL
GROUPS.

Submitter comment: A FRIEND OF THE INFORMANT GAVE HER THIS GERMAN-KERVEI CUSTOM.
IT IS STILL PRACTICED IN SOME PARTS OF THE U.S.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PRODUCE CUSTOM

AFTER THE HARVEST, ALL THE EXCESS WAS BROUGHT TO THE CHURCH AND
BLESSED AND THEN GIVEN TO THE POOR.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM WAS PRACTICED IN MANY SOUTHERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
INCLUDING GERMANY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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HUSKING BEE

WHEN THE CORN THAT HAD BEEN SHOCKED WAS READY FOR HUSKING, THE WHOLE
NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD HAVE A HUSKING BEE. YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WOULD
GATHER ON A MOONLIT NIGHT AND BEGIN TO HUSK IN PAIRS (GUY AND GIRL).
EVERYTIME THAT A RED EAR OF CORN IS FOUND BY THE PAIR, THE GIRL GETS
A KISS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERY OLD GERMAN CUSTOM THAT IS STILL PRACTICED TODAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING DAY

TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING DAY,
AND I FEEL MIGHTY GLUM.
THERELL BE THREE BOYS TO DINNER,
YES, THREE BOYS ARE SURE TO COME.
AND THEYLL EACH WANT A DRUMSTICK.
OH, SAY, WHAT SHALL WE DO?
WE CANNOT HAVE THREE DRUMSTICKS
WHEN THE TURKEY HAS BUT TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS TAUGHT TO ME BY MOTHER AS A VERY YOUNG CHILD.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.665
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

Date learned: CA00001962

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INDEX OF 7-INCH REEL OF THAI FESTIVALS AND CUSTOMS

FLOATING WATER LILY FESTIVAL, THAI NEW YEAR CELEBRATION (APRIL 13)
BURPING AFTER MEALS IN NORTHERN THAILAND
THAI HARVEST FESTIVAL (ONE-SART)
RAINING SEASON FESTIVAL (BUDDHIST LENT,
ACTUALLY MORE LIKE MARDI GRAS)
EATING HABITS IN THAILAND, CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,
WEDDINGS, AND FUNERALS IN THAILAND

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 13
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F646
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001960S

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ST. MARTIN'S DAY

THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER IN ITALY IS THE MAKING OF WINE AND WHEN
THE WINE IS READY FOR CONSUMPTION, IT IS CELEBRATED ON NOVEMBER 11TH
WHICH HAPPENS TO BE ST. MARTIN'S DAY, THIS BEING THE DAY WHEN THE
WINE IS READY. THE USUAL GATHERING OF ALL RELATIVES TO CELEBRATE
THIS EVENT IN ONE'S HOME IS THE DUNKING IN WINE OF A HARD BISCUIT
WHICH IS MADE ONLY FOR THIS PARTICULAR DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F111
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-31-1971

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THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVES

IT IS AN ANNUAL CUSTOM FOR THE STUDENTS OF PAROCHIAL HIGH SCHOOLS IN
APPLETON, WISCONSIN TO SPONSOR A FOOD COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE NEEDY
FAMILIES OF APPLETON DURING THE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS SEASONS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOOK PART IN THESE DRIVES IN APPLETON, WISC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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POLISH CUSTOM

IF A MAN OWNS A FARM OR FACTORY HE MUST AT HARVEST TIME OR AT THE
END OF THE FISCAL YEAR PUT ON A PARTY FOR THE WORKERS. THIS LASTS
ANYWHERE FROM THREE DAYS TO A WEEK. THIS IS STILL PRACTICED TODAY
AND IS CALLED " DOZINKE ".

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER UNCLE WHO ATTENDED ONE OF THESE PARTIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOZINKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 04-10-1967

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

GIVING CANDY ON SWEETEST DAY.

Data entry tech comment: THIRD SUNDAY IN OCT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): GIFT GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-04-1968

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SCOTCH CUSTOM

DURING THE HARVEST TWO LARGE BONFIRES ARE BUILT. IF AN
UNMARRIED MAN AND WOMAN CAN JUMP OVER TOGETHER, WITHOUT GETTING
BURNED, THEY WILL BE MARRIED BEFORE THE NEXT HARVEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED

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HARVEST FESTIVAL

DURING THE HARVEST, IN LATE AUGUST, THERE IS A FESTIVAL CALLED
DOZYNKI IN WHICH THERE IS A PARADE WITH GIRLS CARRYING WREATHES AND
FRUITS OF THE HARVEST. AFTER THE PARADE THEY EAT A BIG MEAL AND
THERE IS SINGING AND DANCING. ( THIS HAPPENS ) BACK IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

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THANKSGIVING TRADITION

UNTIL SHE WAS MARRIED, THE INFORMANT HAD ALWAYS CELEBRATED
THANKSGIVING AT HER PARENTS (') HOUSE. THE REST OF HER FAMILY
DID THE SAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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IT IS A CUSTOM OF MY FAMILY TO GO TO CHURCH TOGETHER ON
THANKSGIVING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 01-25-1971

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

ERNTENDANK FEST IS COMPARABLE TO AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING. IT IS
NOT CELEBRATED NATION WIDE ON THE SAME DAY HOWEVER. IN BAD NAUHEIM
IT IS CELEBRATED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN OCTOBER. VARIANTS WOULD
OCCUR IN DIFFERENT CITIES DEPENDING UPON THE HARVEST TIME.
RELIGIOUS ASPECT -- WHEAT, RYE, ETC. ARE BROUGHT TO CHURCH TO BE
BLESSED TO PRAY FOR BETTER CROPS NEXT YEAR.
FESTIVE ASPECT -- ADULTS ARE IN THE RESTAURANT DANCING AND THE
CHILDREN ARE ENJOYING A SMALL SCALE FAIR WITH A MERRY-GO-ROUND.
EATING -- THE NORMAL MEAL INCLUDES FRANKFURTERS, SAUERKRAUT, AND
APPLE TURNS ( TURN-OVERS ?).

Submitter comment: MEMORIES OF HOMELAND GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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MOVABLE FESTIVAL

THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE WILL HAVE A YEARLY FAMILY
REUNION AND CORN ROAST WHEN THE CORN ( SWEET ) ON MY GRANDFATHER'S
FARM IS READY TO BE HARVESTED. IT IS USUALLY HELD ON THE FARM
ON SOME CONVENIENT SUNDAY FOR ALL.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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WHEN THE CROPS WERE IN ALL THE TOWNS HAD A FEAST. ALL THE AUNTS
AND UNCLES WOULD COME FROM NEIGHBORING TOWNS WITH THEIR WORKHORSES
AND EAT DINNER; THEN ALL THE PEOPLE WOULD GO AND TAKE A NAP. THE
CHILDREN WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE HORSES AND OTHER MISC. THINGS
AND WERE TREATED AT THE END OF THE DAY. THIS WAS ONE OF THE
GREATEST TIMES IN THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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