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PROVERB

UF KAERFREIDAK SULL MER'S ERSCHT MOL IM JOR FISCHE GE, NO BEISE DI
FISCH'S GANZ JOR.
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN FISHING ALL YEAR IF YOU FISH THE FIRST
TIME IN THE YEAR ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Data entry tech comment: FROM FISHERS OF MEN?

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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ON GOOD FRIDAY A TABLE IS SET UP IN THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
AND DECORATED WITH FLOWERS. THE TABLE REPRESENTS THE GRAVE OF
CHRIST. DURING THE EVENING SERVICES IT IS DISASSEMBLED AND CARRIED
BY CHURCH ELDERS IN A PROCESSION IN WHICH ALL OF THE MEMBERS
JOIN. EVERYONE CARRIES A LIGHTED CANDLE AND MARCHES AROUND THE
CHURCH THREE TIMES ILLUSTRATING THE THEME, "CHRIST HAS DIED, CHRIST
HAS RISEN, CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN". AT THE RESURRECTION MASS
THE SAME PROCEDURE IS REPEATED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT DESPITE THE REVISIONS IN THE ORTHODOX MASS, THIS
EASTER CUSTOM HAS BEEN PRESERVED AND IS STILL WIDELY PRACTICED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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CUSTOM HOLY SATURDAY:

IN THE AFTERNOON, A PILE OF THORNS, LIKE THOSE USED IN CHRIST'S
CROWN, IS SET ON FIRE. WHEN THE FIRE HAS BURNED ABOUT HALF DOWN,
EACH PERSON TAKES A PIECE OF BURNED THORN AND KEEPS IT IN THEIR
( HIS ) HOME FOR A YEAR.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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FOOD BLESSED

ON HOLY SATURDAY ( , ) SEVERAL PEOPLE GET TOGETHER AT AN APPOINTED
HOUSE AND EVERYONE BRINGS VARIOUS ITEMS OF FOOD. THEY WOULD INCLUDE
HAM, BREAD, EGGS AND SALT. ALL OF THIS FOOD WOULD BE BLESSED AND
IT WOULD BE THE FIRST FOOD EATEN ON EASTER SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A TRADITIONAL CUSTOM IN THE UPPER PENINSULA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CALUMET

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM HOLY SATURDAY

THE FAMILIES TAKE A BASKET OF FOOD TO CHURCH IN THE AFTERNOON AND
HAVE IT BLESSED BY THE PRIEST. THIS BASKET ONCE CONTAINED ONLY SMALL
LOAVES OF BREAD, BUT NOW CONTAINS BREAD, BUTTER, SALT, SAUSAGE, AND
COLORED EGGS. THIS IS THE FIRST FOOD EATEN WHEN THE FAMILY RETURNS
FROM MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY.
THIS IS A REMEMBRANCE OF THE MIRACLE OF THE LOAVES AND THE FISHES; IT
IS ALSO A REQUEST THAT GOD WILL MAKE THE YEAR PLENTIFUL.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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CUSTOM

ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER THE FARMERS BLESSED THE FOUR CORNERS
OF THEIR LAND WITH HOLY WATER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): SYMBOL: FOUR CORNERS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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ITALIAN EASTER MONDAY CUSTOM

THE ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT EATING JUST BREAD AND DRINKING JUST WATER
ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER SUNDAY FOR SEVEN YEARS WILL BRING
BLESSINGS.

Submitter comment:

[INFORMANT] RELATED THAT HE TRIED IT FOR FOUR YEARS AND GAVE UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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POLISH PENTECOST CUSTOM OF ZELONA SWIATKI

SEVEN ALTARS ARE MADE ON FRONT PORCHES DECORATED WITH GREEN LEAVES.
THE PRIEST THEN PROCEEDS FROM THE CHURCH AND GOES FROM HOUSE TO
HOUSE PRAYING AND ADMINISTERING BLESSINGS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pentecost
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-12-1968

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NEW YEARS DAY CUSTOM

THE FIRST CHILD TO WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEARS WOULD GET A SPECIAL
TOKEN. MY FATHER WOULD SET HIS ALARM FOR 5 A.M. AND GO VISIT THE
NEIGHBORS. FOR BEING THE FIRST ONE HE WOULD GET 5 OR 10 CENTS.
HE WOULD SOMETIMES MAKE 7 DOLLARS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SEEMED TO HAVE VERY VIVID RECOLLECTIONS OF HER FATHER
TELLING HER ABOUT HIS EXPLOITS. THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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JAPANESE CUSTOM

ON JANUARY 2ND, LONG LINES OF CITIZENS GATHER AT THE IMPERIAL
PALACE OF DOUBLE BRIDGE ( NIJUBASHI ) AND GIVE CHEERS ( BANZAI )
THREE TIMES. BANZAI MEANS LONG LIFE, AND WE CHEER THREE TIMES
BECAUSE THREE IS A LUCKY NUMBER.

Submitter comment: WISH EMPEROR LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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JAPANESE WRITING CEREMONY

ON THE 2ND DAY OF THE NEW YEAR IN JAPAN IS THE NEW YEAR'S WRITING
CEREMONY WHEN THEY DO THE FIRST WRITING OF THE YEAR, USUALLY WITH
A BRUSH.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 01-02-1970

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THREE BAY LEAVES UNDER YOUR PILLOW ON VALENTINE'S DAY, WILL MAKE
YOU DREAM OF THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL (BLESSING OF OLIVE TREES)

ON SAINT MARCO'S FEAST DAY (APRIL 25) AFTER MASS THERE WOULD BE A
PROCESSION, WITH CHILDREN IN FRONT, HOLDING CROSSES AND TOSSING
FLOWERS AND SINGING THE LITANY, TO THE OLIVE TREES. THERE THE
PRIEST WOULD BLESS THE TREES FOR PROTECTION WHILE THE PEOPLE KNELT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THE PRIEST'S BLESSING IS SAID TO BE EFFECTIVE
FOR A SEVEN MILE RADIUS, WHICH INCLUDED HER FATHER'S TREES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 25
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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DEW

TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND WRINKLELESS FACE, WASH YOUR FACE IN THE
DEW ON THE 1ST OF MAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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CUSTOM--MARRIAGE

ON JUNE 13TH, ST. ANTHONY'S DAY IN MEXICO, GIRLS COLLECT 13
QUINTOS (ABOUT 5 CENTS) FROM 13 BOYS. THEN THEY BUY CANDLES FOR
ST. ANTHONY AND EXPECT TO MARRY BEFORE THE NEXT JUNE 13TH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BEGGING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 13
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SEASONAL CUSTOM -- SUMMER

ON THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, WHICH IS ON THE FIRST DAY OF
SUMMER, SINGLE GIRLS IN POLAND MAKE WREATHES OF THE FIRST SUMMER
FLOWERS AND THROW THEM ON THE LAKE OR POND. IF THE WREATHES FLOAT,
SHE WILL BE MARRIED THAT YEAR, IF IT SINKS, SHE WILL NOT.

Data entry tech comment: FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST: JUNE 24

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NIAGARA FALLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL, MEMORIES OF HOMELAND GERMANY

HAREKIN IS A HOLIDAY THAT IS CELEBRATED EVERY YEAR ON NOVEMBER 11TH.
BEYOND BEING JUST A SINGLE DAY ACTIVITY, IT KIND OF BEGINS WHAT
THE GERMANS CALL A FIFTH SEASON NARREN WHICH MEANS CRAZY. THERE ARE
BIG PARADES AND FLOATS. UNUSUAL AS THIS MAY BE, THE DAY OFFICIALLY
BEGINS ON NOVEMBER 11TH, AT 11 MINUTES AFTER 11 O'CLOCK.
THE ORIGINATOR WAS COUNT TILL EULENSPEIGAL MANY YEARS AGO. THIS
IS DESCRIBED AS A CELEBRATION FOR CELEBRATION'S SAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRICKSTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F111
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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AUGUST FESTIVAL

A TRUNK WAS FOUND IN THE SEA BETWEEN TWO CITIES IN ITALY,
TRAPANI AND MARSALA. THE TWO CITIES DISAGREED TO WHOM THE TRUNK
WHICH CONTAINED A BEAUTIFUL STATUE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN, BELONGED.
FINALLY THEY MEASURED THE DISTANCE AND TRAPANI WON. NOW THEY HAVE A
THREE DAY FESTIVAL IN AUGUST WHERE THEY DRESS THE STATUE ALL IN
GOLD. NO ONE SLEEPS FOR THESE THREE DAYS IF POSSIBLE. MIRACULOUS
FAVORS HAVE BEEN SAID TO OCCUR THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE
BLESSED MOTHER IN THIS FORM. DEVOTED PEOPLE LEAVE JEWELRY WITH THE
STATUE AS OFFERINGS FOR FAVORS OR PROTECTION. THE THREE DAY
FESTIVAL COULD BE COMPARED TO A MARDI GRAS, FIRE WORKS, ETC. THE
STATUE IS CALLED "MADRE DE TRAPANI."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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FATE

WHEN THREE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SMOKE, THE THIRD LIGHT OFF A MATCH
IS SUPPOSED TO DIE IN A WHOREHOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number

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COMPANY

COMPANY IS COMING WHEN YOUR NOSE ITCHES.
TO STOP THIS RESULT YOU MUST SAY GO AWAY SIX TIMES WHILE HOLDING
YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Observation
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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