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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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BELIEF

PUTTING AN EXTRA CANDLE ON A BIRTHDAY CAKE WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK TO THE PERSON WHO IS CELEBRATING THEIR BIRTHDAY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: CA00001950S

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CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE IN OUR FAMILY DIES, WE BURN A CANDLE IN A SPECIAL, SMALL
GLASS JAR FOR A WEEK. WE'RE BURNING IT FOR THE DEAD PERSON'S SPIRIT,
TO FEED THE SPIRIT. THEN ON EACH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH WE BURN
THE SAME CANDLE FOR A WEEK. THIS IS SO THE DEAD PERSON'S SOUL
KNOWS YOU HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN HIM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JEWISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- P647

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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MY FAMILY HAS ALWAYS SAID THAT (A) PERSON WHOSE BIRTHDAY
IT WAS COULD NOT TALK WHEN EATING HIS PIECE OF CAKE.
CAUSE IF THEY DID, THEIR WISH WOULD NOT COME TRUE. IT
WAS JUST A RULE. IT WAS WHAT WE WERE TOLD. WE NEVER
QUESTIONED IT.

Submitter comment: IT IS STILL A FAMILY TRADITION TODAY. (EVEN THOUGH MY
WISHES DON'T ALWAYS COME TRUE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DINING ROOM ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): MUTE

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P647

Date learned: 00001940S

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ONLY THOSE BORN IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER SHOULD WEAR THE OPAL,
IT WILL BRING ALL OTHERS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WHITMORE LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-24-1988

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A BABY WILL BE UNLUCKY IF IT SEES ITSELF IN THE MIRROR BEFORE
ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Maturity
BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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Numerology

If the numerical number of your birthday coincides with your actual age, then you will have good luck that year.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P686, P800] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthday, Numerology, Numbers ; LUCK ; OMEN

James Callow Keyword(s): Birthday ; Birthday Belief ; NUMEROLOGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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