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FROGS

THE FIRST TIME YOU HEAR A FROG AT THE END OF WINTER, IT WILL GET
COLD AGAIN. THIS HAPPENS THREE TIMES BEFORE SPRING COMES.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT A GROUNDHOG MUST SEE HIS
SHADOW BEFORE SPRING COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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I DONT CARE IF THERES SNOW UP TO YOUR KNEES ON ST. PATRICKS DAY-
THATS WHEN YOU PLANT POTATOES IF THEYRE GONNA GROW RIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: CA00001967

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EASTER

EGGS THAT HAVE BEEN BLESSED AND DIED FOR EASTER ARE
BROKEN AMONG FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND GOOD WISHES
ARE EXCHANGED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 04-25-1971

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POLISH CUSTOM

THE PEOPLE IN POLAND, BEFORE SUNRISE ON EASTER DAY, WOULD
SPRINKLE HOLY WATER ON THEIR LAND. IT WAS BELIEVED
THIS WOULD PREVENT THE GROWING OF THORNY WEEDS.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER'S FAMILY PARTICIPATED IN THIS CUSTOM EVERY
EASTER DAY BEFORE SUN RISE, BUT THE THORNY WEEDS
GREW ON THEIR LAND ANYWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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GREEK

ON GOOD FRIDAY THE GREEKS FAST ALL DAY AND IF A PERSON
DOES THIS, IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK FOR THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P663
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PLANTING

PLANT CORN WHEN OAK LEAVES ARE AS BIG AS A SQUIRREL'S
EAR AND YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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IF THE WEATHER IS NICE ON HOLY SATURDAY, THEN THE WEATHER
WILL BE THE OPPOSITE FOR EASTER SUNDAY OR VICE VERSA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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THE WEATHER ON PALM SUNDAY PREDICTS WHAT THE WEATHER WILL
BE LIKE ON EASTER SUNDAY. IF IT RAINS ON PALM SUNDAY
IT WILL RAIN ON EASTER SUNDAY ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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A SURE SIGN THAT EASTER IS NEAR IS OBSERVED IN THE BLOOMING
OF THE DOGWOOD TREE. THIS TREE BLOOMS SYMBOLIC OF EASTER
BECAUSE THE WOOD OF THIS TREE WAS USED FOR THE CROSS ON
WHICH CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED. IN THOSE DAYS THE DOGWOOD
TREE GREW REAL LARGE, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS MISUSED, IT NOW
IS A VERY DWARFY TREE. THE PETALS IF EXAMINED CLOSELY
RESEMBLE A CROSS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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IF THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON IN THE SPRING IT MEANS
RAIN.

Where learned: ON A WALK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- P663
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 02-13-1969

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IF YOU DON'T KILL THE FIRST SNAKE YOU SEE IN THE SPRING, YOU'LL
BE SICKLY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- P663
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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THE WAY I REMEMBER IT, IS THAT IF YOU HEARD YOUR FIRST DOVE
IN THE SPRING WHILE YOU WERE WALKING UPGRADE, YOUR FINANCES
WOULD GO UP ALL YEAR; IF YOU HEARD IT WHILE WALKING DOWNGRADE,
YOUR FINANCES WOULD GO DOWN ALL YEAR.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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PEOPLE BORN IN THE SPRING ARE SMARTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 05-02-1972

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GOOD FRIDAY---PLANT SOMETHING ON THIS DAY.
FIRST PLANTING DAY---BETTER GROWTH FOR PLANTS

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU HEAR A WHIP-O-WHIRL CALL IT'S TIME TO PLANT CORN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WHIPPOORWILL WHIP-O-WILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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FOLK BELIEF

IF IT RAINS ON EASTER SUNDAY IT WILL RAIN FOR THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS.

Where learned: INDIANA ; WABASH

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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