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SUPERSTITION

YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN. WHEN YOU DO SWEEP
THE HOUSE, YOU MUST CONTINUALLY SAY "BAD LUCK GO OUT, GOOD LUCK
COME."

Submitter comment: MRS. GROVE'S MOTHER FOLLOWED THIS CUSTOM RELIGIOUSLY. SHE IS FROM
SOMERSET, PENNSYLVANIA. MRS. GROVE FIRST LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM
APPROXIMATELY THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-20-1963

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LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; DOMESTIC PURSUITS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IF YOUR HEM ON YOUR DRESS IS UP, BEFORE PUTTING IT DOWN MAKE A WISH
THAT WILL BRING YOU LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.21

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY PUT ON A PIECE OF CLOTHING BACKWARDS WHEN
YOU GET DRESSED, YOU VILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.21

Date learned: CA00001970

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