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CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE IT IS A CUSTOM IN IRELAND TO LEAVE EITHER THE
FRONT DOOR OR THE BACK DOOR AJAR SO THAT THE BABY JESUS AND THE
BLESSED MOTHER CAN BE ADMITTED INTO THE HOME.

Submitter comment: MRS. SULLIVAN'S FAMILY OBSERVED THIS CUSTOM IN COUNTY CLAIR,
IRELAND AROUND 1925.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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THE STIGMATA OF PADRE PIO

PADRE PIO OF SAN GIOVANNI DI ROTONDO IN ITALY HAS THE STIGMATTA OF
OUR LORD ON HIS HANDS. THE WOUNDS ARE SAID TO BE OPEN ABOUT ONCE A
MONTH. ALSO ONLY MEN WERE ALLOWED TO SEE THIS. THE REASON FOR
THIS IS UNKNOWN.

Submitter comment: I ALSO HAD A CHANCE WHILE IN ITALY IN 72, TO SEE THIS SIGHT, HOWEVER
I CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR IT. THE WOUNDS WERE OPEN AND BLEEDING AS HE SAID
MASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; SEXISM ; STIGMATA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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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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SAINT ANTHONY

WHEN YOU LOSE SOMETHING, TURN THE STATUE OF SAINT ANTHONY
UPSIDE DOWN UNTIL YOU FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THIS IS
SUPPOSED TO HELP YOU FIND THINGS

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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TRADITION

NUNS DON'T HAVE TO PAY TO RIDE BUSES AND TROLLEYS IN NEW
ORLEANS, BECAUSE OF THE EPIDEMICS OF YELLOW FEVER THEY ACTED
AS NURSES, A LOT OF THEM DIED. THE CITY ALLOWS THIS AS GRATITUDE
FOR THEIR SERVICE

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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SAINT LUCIA BUNS

TWO STRIPS OF BREAD-LIKE DOUGH SHAPED INTO A CROSS WITH CHERRIES
AND NUTS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FATHER MAKES THEM EVERY YEAR FOR  CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001960S

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PRAY TO SAINT ANTHONY TO FIND SOMETHING YOU HAVE LOST.

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR'S MOTHER IS ALWAYS PRAYING TO SAINT ANTHONY FOR SOMETHING
SHE LOST.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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PLACE A STATUE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN IN THE WINDOW TO INSURE GOOD
WEATHER ALL DAY. DONE BY AN AUNT ON THE DAY OF HER DAUGHTER'S HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATION.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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PRAY TO SAINT JUDE WHEN THINGS LOOK HOPELESS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PRAYED TO SAINT JUDE FOR A GIRL PROMISING TO NAME HER
{BABY} AFTER HIM. COLLECTOR NOW HAS A SISTER NAMED JUDY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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ON FEAST OF SAINT BLAIZE, CANDLEMAS, HAVE YOUR THROAT BLESSED BY A
PRIEST USING CROSSED CANDLES TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SORE THROATS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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SAINT CHRISTOPHER PROTECTS TRAVELERS. PRAY TO HIM BEFORE A JOURNEY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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HANG THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD WITH THE THREE WISE MEN IN IT OVER
THE DOOR EACH CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO SWIMMING BEFORE THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE
BAPTIST, (JUNE 24)

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

AS SOON AS I WAS OLD ENOUGH TO SAY THE HAIL MARY, MY MOTHER
TOLD ME I SHOULD ALWAYS SAY IT WHEN I HEARD A SIREN FOR A FIRE
ENGINE, AMBULANCE, OR POLICE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

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PATRON SAINT

ST. JOSEPH IS THE PATRON SAINT OF THE MALTESE AND WEARING HIS
MEDAL BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

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ST. ANTHONY

IF YOU LOSE SOMETHING, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AND YOU WILL FIND IT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MISPLACING OR LOSING THINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

LIGHTING GREEN CANDLES AND PUTTING THEM IN THE WINDOWS
IS A COMMON PRACTICE OF RESPECT AND REVERENCE FOR ST. PAT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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ST. CHRISTOPHER

A ST. CHRISTOPHER MEDAL IS WORN FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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DOGWOOD BELIEF

THE RED MARKS ON EACH OF THE FOUR PETALS OF THE DOGWOOD FLOWER
ARE CALLED BLOODSPOTS BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT THE PASSION MARKS
OF CHRIST.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Plant
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Plant

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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BREAD BELIEF

IN CUTTING A LOAF OF BREAD.
NEVER LEAVE A KNIFE IN THE BREAD, IT IS LIKE CUTTING THE
HEART OF JESUS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: Custom
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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