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EPIPHANY CAKE

EACH YEAR ON EPIPHANY OUR FAMILY BAKES A CAKE WITH A RING INSIDE IT.
WHOEVER GETS THE RING IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT
NEW YEAR. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS CUSTOM IN MY FAMILY ON AND OFF
SINCE I WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE. I THINK ORIGINALLY IT MAY HAVE BEEN
A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LUCKY FIND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: CA 00001965

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ON THE DAY BEFORE EASTER, POLISH FAMILIES BLESS BASKETS OF FOOD FOR
GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH FOR THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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NEW YEAR'S BELIEF

IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK TO ACCIDENTLY BREAK A GOBLET ON NEW
YEAR'S EVE, BUT CONVERSELY BAD LUCK TO DO SO ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Submitter comment:

Informant says this has been observed for generations in her family, though she does not give much credence to it today.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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HOLY THURSDAY

CALLED GREEN THURSDAY; WAS THE CUSTOM TO EAT SPINACH, EITHER RAW
OR COOKED, TO ENSURE GOOD LUCK THROUGH THE YEAR; EATEN ALONG WITH
BREADED PORK CHOPS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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EASTER

EASTER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GREEK DAY IN THE YEAR. AFTER
CHURCH EVERYONE GOES HOME AND CRACKS HARD BOILED RED EGGS
TOGETHER. EACH HOLDS AN EGG AND HITS IT AGAINST SOMEONE
ELSE'S. THE ONE WHOSE EGG BREAKS FIRST WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: 11-28-1972

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

THE FOUR LEAF CLOVER IS THE TRADITIONAL GOOD LUCK CHARM.
WEARING ONE ON ST. PAT'S DAY BRINGS DOUBLE LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; RELATIVES HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 17
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.11
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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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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IN BEAUTY CONTESTS, PROBABLY HALF OF THE GIRLS WEAR
MUSTARD SEED CHARMS SOMEWHERE ON THEM, BECAUSE THEY'RE
SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK IF YOU HAVE FAITH IN THEM THAT
THEY CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. I THINK THAT THIS CAME
FROM SOME VERSE IN THE BIBLE.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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