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FALLING METERORITES PRECEDE A NATIONAL TRAGEDY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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CUSTOM

CUSTOM TO CELEBRATE BOYS' DAY (NOW CALLED CHILDREN'S DAY), ON MAY
5TH. ON THIS DAY A COLORFUL CLOTH CARP IS FLOWN FROM THE FAMILY
POLE IN THE GARDEN, SINCE THE CARP SYMBOLIZES THE STRENGTH AND
PERSEVERANCE OF THE CARP AS IT STRUGGLES UP STREAM AGAINST THE
DOWNWARD CURRENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVED IN JAPAN WHILE SHE WAS GROWING UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FISH ; FLAG OR BANNER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 5
BELIEF -- Celestial Body

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DAY OF THE CARP

WHILE LIVING IN JAPAN MY MOTHER OBSERVED THE JAPANESE CELEBRATION
OF THE "DAY OF THE CARP." IN JAPAN THE CARP IS CONSIDERED A VERY
STRONG FISH AND SO A PAPER CARP SHAPED KITE FOR EACH BOY IN THE
FAMILY IS HUNG OUT OF THE WINDOW AND FLOWN TO SYMBOLIZE THEIR WISH
THAT EACH ONE OF THEIR SONS GROWS UP TO BE A STRONG MAN.

Data entry tech comment: TANGO-NO-SEKKU, BOYS' FESTIVAL, CARP FLYING DAY, IN SPICER, DOROTHY.
BOOK OF FESTIVALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLAG OR BANNER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 5
BELIEF -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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TO SEE A SHOOTING STAR IS TO BE WARNED OF DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WINCHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Celestial Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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