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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU PEEL AN ORANGE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AND FINISH PEELING AT
THE STROKE OF TWELVE AND THE ORANGE PEEL HASN'T BROKEN ONCE,
GOOD LUCK WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. YOU MUST WISH
WHILE YOU ARE PEELING--THESE WISHES WILL COME TRUE IF THE PEEL
DOESN'T BREAK.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND HER FAMILY STILL
PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

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BELIEF

IF YOU SPILL SALT ACCIDENTALLY, QUICKLY THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER AND MAKE A WISH. BY RIGHTS, IT SHOULD COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS BELIEF FROM MY IRISH MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WHO TOLD
IT TO ME FIFTEEN YEARS AGO WHEN I ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED SALT IN
HER KITCHEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Prayer

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SUPERSTITION

IF A GIRL PUTS A SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT AND DOESN'T REALIZE IT UNTIL
THE DAY IS THROUGH, SHE MAY MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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BIRTHDAY CANDLES

IF YOU CAN BLOW OUT THE CANDLES ON YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH ONE
BLOW, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE. YOU MUST NOT TELL ANYONE YOUR
WISH OR IT WILL NOT COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS INFORMATION FROM MY PARENTS WHEN I WAS A YOUNG
CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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HEALING WATERS

ONE WINTER A GREAT PLAGUE STRUCK AND MANY INDIANS DIED. ONE YOUNG
MAN NAMED MONTA HAD LOST ALL HIS FAMILY BUT HIS NEW WIFE, WHO WAS
ILL. MONTA PRAYED TO MANITOU, THE GREAT SPIRIT, TO GIVE HIM A
PLANT WHICH WOULD CURE HIS WIFE. AFTER HIS PRAYER, HE COVERED HIS
WIFE WITH SOFT FIRS AND BEGAN HIS SEARCH OVER THE SNOW-COVERED
EARTH. FOR THREE DAYS HE SEARCHED, BUT THE PLANTS WERE ALL SLEEP-
ING UNTIL SPRING AND NO ANIMALS WERE IN SIGHT. FINALLY HE FELL
ASLEEP. ALL THE ANIMALS OF THE FOREST GATHERED AROUND, FOR HE
HAD ALWAYS BEEN GOOD TO THEM. THEY PRAYED TO THE GREAT SPIRIT TO
HELP MONTA. THE GREAT SPIRIT HEARD AND SENT MONTA A DREAM. IN
THE DREAM MONTA SAW HIS WIFE WELL AND HEARD HER SINGING. SHE SANG
OF THE HEALING WATERS OF THE GREAT MANITOU. WHEN MONTA AWOKE HE
HEARD THE WATERS SINGING AND BEGAN TO DIG UNDER HIS FEET. UP
SPRANG THE HEALING WATERS. HE WASHED IN THE WATER AND BECAME
STRONG. HE TOOK WATER TO HIS WIFE AND SHE WAS SAVED. FROM THEN
ON, THE PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE BATHED IN THE SPRING AND WERE NEVER
ILL AGAIN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water Small current. Brook, spring....
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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JOKE

SAY, YOU KNOW I WAS TALKING TO THIS GUY THIS MORNING WHO TOLD
ME ABOUT A DREAM HE HAD LAST NIGHT. HE DREAMED HE ATE A TEN
POUND MARSHMALLOW. WHEN HE WOKE UP, HE NOTICED HIS PILLOW WAS
MISSING.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS INCLUDED IN A LETTER SENT TO ME FROM KOREA, WHERE
MY BROTHER HAS BEEN STATIONED FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Prayer

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WAKE UP

IF YOU TALK NONSENSE, YOU WILL BE TOLD, "PUT OUT YOUR HAND
AND SEE IF YOU ARE IN."
TRANSLATION: YOU ARE DREAMING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SOURCE IS BOSTON, BUT HAS NO DATE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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IF YOU BREAK A WISHBONE AND GET THE LONGEST PART
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND YOUR WISH, AS LONG AS
YOU DON'T TELL ANYBODY WHAT YOU WISHED FOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK IF AN EYELASH FALLS ON YOUR CHEEK,
AND YOU CAN REMOVE IT ON THE FIRST TRY WITH YOUR
FINGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ALSO SAYS IF YOU MAKE A WISH AT THE
SAME TIME, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-03-1970

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ITALIANS BELIEVE IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SPRINKLE
CHAMPAGNE ON THE FLOOR OF A NEW HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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MARCH IS A FATAL MONTH FOR OLD MEN. MAY IS A
BAD MONTH FOR OLD WOMEN. SO WHEN AN OLDER WOMAN
IS WEAK IN MAY--PRAY FOR HER.

Submitter comment: POLISH TEXT ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

DURING DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR, LITTLE WHITE FLUFFS FLOAT IN
THE AIR. WE CALL THEM SANTA CLAUSES AND IF YOU CATCH ONE AND MAKE
A WISH, THEN LET IT GO, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE LITTLE WHITE FLUFF IS, BUT SOME HAVE SAID IT
COULD BE A COTTONWOOD TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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BELIEF

IF SOMEONE HAS A NECKLACE ON, AND THE CHAIN MOVES, SO THAT THE
CLASP IS NEXT TO THE PENDANT, THE PERSON GETS TO MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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POLISH EASTER CUSTOM - WIGILIA

ON EASTER SATURDAY A BASKET CONTAINING KIELBASA (SAUSAGE),
SALT AND PEPPER, VINEGAR, WATER, EGGS, BUTTER, HAM, BACON AND
HORSERADISH IS TAKEN TO THE CHURCH AND BLESSED BY THE PRIEST.
THEN ON EASTER SUNDAY MORN A SOUP IS MADE FROM ALL OF THESE
INGREDIENTS AND EATEN BY THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN INFORMANT'S HOME AS A CHILD AND IS STILL DONE
AS A PARENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-15-1974

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POLISH SALUTATION

NIECH BENGIE POCHWALONI JEZUZ CHRISTUS. ANSWER: NO WIEKI WIEKUW
AMEN. TRANSLATION: PRAISE BE JESUS CHRIST. ANSWER: FOR EVER AND
EVER. AMEN.

Submitter comment: USED ESPECIALLY FOR GREETING PRIESTS NUNS AND ELDERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-29-1974

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POLISH HOME CUSTOM

A HOLY WATER CONTAINER ALWAYS HUNG AT THE KITCHEN DOOR. WHEN ANYONE
ENTERED FROM OUTSIDE THEY WOULD BLESS THEMSELVES WITH THE WATER.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM ALSO APPLIES TO ENTERING A CHURCH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-16-1974

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EASTER BREAKFAST CUSTOM

ON HOLY SATURDAY YOU WOULD PREPARE A BASKET LINED WITH LINEN NAPKINS
AND COVERED WITH THEM TOO. IN THE BASKET YOU WOULD PUT LITTLE ROUND
LOAVES OF BREAD, COLORED BOILED EGGS, LAMB SHAPED WHIPPED BUTTER,
SALT AND PEPPER, HORSERADISH, KIELBASA AND HAM. YOU WOULD TAKE THIS
TO THE PARISH TO BE BLESSED AND ON EASTER MORNING IT WOULD BE YOUR
BREAKFAST. ANYTHING YOU DIDN'T EAT WOULD HAVE TO BE BURNED OR BURIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFTOVERS

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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WISHING

WHEN YOU WEAR A NECKLACE, IF THE CLASP COMES TO THE FRONT YOU CAN
MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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WISHING

WHEN YOU SEE A MAIL TRUCK, CROSS YOUR FINGERS AND MAKE A WISH. KEEP
THEM CROSSED UNTIL YOU SEE A DOG. THEN UNCROSS THEM AND YOUR WISH
WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS LIVING IN CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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WISHING

WHOEVER SEES THE FIRST STREET LIGHT GO ON GETS TO MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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