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SPRING CLEANING

A CATHARTIC DOSE OF EPSOM SALTS EVERY SPRING AND FALL FOR THE
WHOLE FAMILY, TO CLEAN US OUT.

Submitter comment: THEY REALLY DID IT IN HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Measure of time AutumnFall
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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WEATHER BELIEF

ROBINS ARE REGARDED BY MANY AS A SIGN OF SPRING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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APRIL 30

ON APRIL 30, THE PEOPLE OF GERMANY STUFF THEIR KEYHOLES AND ANY
KIND OF OPENINGS IN THEIR HOUSE WITH LEAVES, IN ORDER TO STOP THE
EVIL SPIRITS OF SPRING FROM ENTERING THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HIS GRANDMOTHER, WHO IS GERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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WEATHER PROVERB.

JAK NA GROMNICZNEJ MROZ,
TO LADUJ CHLOPIE WOZ.

Submitter comment: POLISH.
IF ON CANDLEMAS DAY THERE'S FROST,
MAN, START FIXING UP YOUR WAGON.

Data entry tech comment: COMMA IN SECOND LINE ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POLISH ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

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EASTER BELIEF

THE REASON WHY WE HAVE BUNNIES ON EASTER IS BECAUSE A LITTLE
RABBIT IS THE FIRST THING THAT JESUS SAW WHEN HE CAME OUT OF THE
TOMB.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD THIS IN 1976. ANOTHER POSSIBLE REASON
IS THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN RABBITS, EASTER AND SPRING. FERTILITY
AND PURIFICATION ARE INHERENT TO ALL THREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 09-00-1976

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ON THE FIRST SIGHT OF SPRING, A CELEBRATION MUST
BE INITIATED BY THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE TWO OR MORE BOYS
IN THE VILLAGE TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: IT WAS BELIEVED THIS WOULD INSURE HEALTHY BIRTHS OF
ALL CHILDREN AND WOULD INCREASE THE BIRTHS OF BOYS.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SPRING RITUALS

ONE SHOULD TAKE A BATH EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
TO START THE WEEK/SPRING OFF FRESH.
ONE SHOULD TAKE CASTOR OIL AT THE END OF
WINTER TO CLEAN OUT THE SYSTEM FOR SPRING.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001980S

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THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT'S DAY, IF YOU HEAR ENOUGH PEOPLE
YELL OUT "HOOT-E-WHO" SPRING WILL COME EARLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 02-20-1990

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THROW THREE KISSES AT THE FIRST ROBIN YOU SEE IN THE
SPRING; YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals
SPEECH -- Gesture

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BLOOD THINNER--SPRING TONIC

IN THE SPRING FOLKS WENT TO THE WOODS AND GATHERED THE ROOT
OF THE RED SASSAFRAS. IT WAS USED AS A SPRING TONIC TO THIN
YOUR BLOOD. MAYBE IT WAS A TONIC, BUT MOST FAMILIES HAD A
POT OF IT ON THE SUPPER TABLE. THE POT WAS USUALLY EMPTY.
IF IT WASN'T EMPTY THE REMAINING TEA WAS REBOILED AND WAS
BETTER THAN BEFORE. SASSAFRAS TEA AND CRACKLING BREAD WERE
PRESCRIBED BY THE HOME DOCTOR WHO WAS ALSO THE NURSE--THE
MOTHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Plant

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WHEN YOU SEE THE FIRST ROBINS OF SPRING, LICK YOUR THUMB
PUT IT PERPENDICULAR ON THE PALM OF OPPOSITE HAND, THEN
STAMPTHE SAME PALM WITH YOUR FIST FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 04-14-1969

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PEOPLE USED TO SAY THAT IT WAS STATED IN THE BIBLE THAT IN THE
LAST DAYS (OF THE WORLD) THAT THE ONLY WAY PEOPLE COULD TELL
THAT IT WAS SPRING, WOULD BE BY THE BUDDING OF TREES AND
THE BLOOMING OF FLOWERS. HOWEVER, THERE IS NO SUCH
SCRIPTURE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Earth
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Magic Book

Date learned: 05-03-1969

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THE FIRST ROBIN YOU SEE MEANS WINTER HAS ENDED AND SPRING IS HERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.3

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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SASSAFRAS TEA AND HONEY IS (ARE) NEEDFUL TO THIN YOUR
BLOOD IN THE SPRINGTIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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DRINK SASSAFRAS TEA IN THE SPRING FOR A TONIC.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-15-1985

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IF GROUNDHOG SEES HIS SHADOW, SPRING WILL BE LATE; IF HE
DOES NOT SEE HIS SHADOW, SPRING WILL BE EARLY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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IN THE SPRING, DRINK MOLASSES AND SULFUR TO PURIFY THE BLOOD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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