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NEW YEARS CUSTOM/LUCK

A PERSON CAN ASSURE PROSPERITY FOR THE COMING YEAR BY BREAKING THE
POMEGRANATE ON THE DOORSTEP ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM/LUCK

IF AN OLIVE OR LAUREL BRANCH IS HUNG ON THE DOOR OF A HOME ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE FAMILY LIVING IN THAT HOUSE WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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SAUERKRAUT

IF YOU EAT SAUERKRAUT ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOU'LL
HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER ALWAYS DID THIS AND SHE CALLS TO REMIND HER
CHILDREN TO CONTINUE THE PRACTICE EACH YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 12-04-1972

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GREEN VEGETABLES

IF YOU EAT GREEN VEGETABLES ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOU'LL
HAVE MONEY THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY A CO}WORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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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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BAD LUCK

DON'T BUY A BROOM IN AUGUST BECAUSE ITS BAD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CHRISTMAS

IN MALTA, YOU SPEND ALL DAY IN CHURCH TO BRING A GOOD NEW YEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

NEVER GET MAD AT ANYONE ON ST. PAT'S DAY OR YOU WILL BE MAD ALL YEAR.

Submitter comment: EVERY ST. PAT'S DAY WHEN THE MEN HAVE BEEN OUT DRINKING
THE WOMEN SAY THIS TO PREVENT FAMILY FIGHTS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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PLANTING BELIEF

IF CORN IS KNEE HIGH BY THE 4TH OF JULY, IT WILL BE A
GOOD CROP YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY GRANDFATHER, AND THIS IS
AN OLD FARMING BELIEF

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; KANSASVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER TIME, YOU PASS OUT A HARDBOILED EGG TO EVERYONE PRESENT
AND THEY CUT IT UP INTO AS MANY PIECES AS THERE ARE PEOPLE. THEN
THEY PASS THEM AROUND UNTIL EVERYONE HAS ONE PIECE FROM EACH PERSON.
THIS IS SO THAT YOU WILL STAY CLOSE TO ALL THESE PEOPLE DURING
THE ENSUING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SLOVAK CUSTOM THAT THE INFORMANTS FAMILY DOES PRACTICE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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SUPERSTITION

ON MAY DAY MORNING BEFORE THE SUN CAME OUT, THE WOMEN
OF THE HOUSE BROUGHT IN SOME FLOWERING SHRUB, THEN SHE KNEW
SHE WOULD HAVE A VERY LUCKY YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRACTICED BY THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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THE WAY YOU ACT ON YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THE WAY
YOU WILL BEHAVE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): FUNTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

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A BELIEF

ON NEW YEARS DAY THE FIRST PERSON THAT SHOULD ENTER YOUR HOUSE
IS A MAN (IF YOU ARE A WOMAN). IF A WOMAN ENTERS FIRST YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK ALL YEAR.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER WILL NOT LET ANY WOMAN IN HER
HOUSE ON NEW YEARS DAY FIRST AND WILL GET
MAD IF A WOMAN SHOWS UP FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXIST

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

AT NEW YEAR'S, LITHUANIAN AMERICANS HAVE THE CUSTOM OF
COVERING THEIR ENTIRE TABLE WITH FOOD, SO THAT NOT ONE SPOT OF
THE TABLE CLOTH IS SHOWING.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS SUPPOSED TO ENSURE THAT THEY WILL HAVE ENOUGH FOOD
FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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NEW YEAR'S

IF A WOMAN SHOULD ENTER YOUR HOME FIRST
ON NEW YEAR'S, IT IS THOUGHT TO BRING BAD
LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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NEW YEAR'S

AFTER MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE EAT HERRINGS FOR GOOD LUCK IN THE
NEW YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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SUPERSTITION

MEETING A MAN (RATHER THAN A WOMAN) IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BEGINNING
OF A NEW YEAR, WILL INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname and place of residence.
 

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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NEW YEAR'S DAY

ON NEW YEAR'S EAT GOURMET FOOD.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY ALWAYS EATS FRENCH FOODS ON NEW YEAR'S BECAUSE
THEY FEEL THAT IF THEY EAT WELL ON NEW YEAR'S THEN THEY WILL EAT
WELL ALL THROUGH THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; informant's home

Keyword(s): BLASON POPULAIRE ; FOOD PREDICTION ; FRENCH FOOD

Subject headings: 870
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

IF A STRANGER ENTERS YOUR HOUSE THROUGH THE
BACK DOOR ON NEW YEAR'S EVE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL YEAR.

Submitter comment:

NOT BELIEVED

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; FIRST FOOTING ; LOCATION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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