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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU PEEL AN ORANGE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AND FINISH PEELING AT
THE STROKE OF TWELVE AND THE ORANGE PEEL HASN'T BROKEN ONCE,
GOOD LUCK WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. YOU MUST WISH
WHILE YOU ARE PEELING--THESE WISHES WILL COME TRUE IF THE PEEL
DOESN'T BREAK.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND HER FAMILY STILL
PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

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NOT GIVEN

A PIECE OF CARROT SHOULD BE EATEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE TO BRING
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. DEVEREUX LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND STILL PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

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FOOD BELIEF

TO INSURE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR, ONE SHOULD EAT
PORK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND HER FAMILY STILL
PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-02-1963

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STARTING THE NEW YEAR

ON THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LET THE FIRST
DARK PERSON THAT YOU KNOW COME THROUGH THE DOOR FIRST
WHILE HE CARRIES A PIECE OF BLACK CHARCOAL (IF NOT MALE THEN
HAVE A FEMALE DO IT).
SO THAT YOU MAY HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HIS LATE ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HIS
HOME TOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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CUSTOM

TO BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR, YOU MUST KISS SOMEONE
EXACTLY ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ELIZABETH ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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SMALL CHANGE FOR GOOD LUCK.

AN OLD MALTESE CUSTOM SAYS, PUT SMALL CHANGE ON THE WINDOW SILL
BEFORE THE NEW YEAR COMES. LEAVE IT THERE UNTIL AFTER THE NEW YEAR
SO THAT YOU'LL HAVE FINANCIAL GOOD LUCK THAT YEAR.

Submitter comment: EVEN THOUGH THE INFORMANT DIDN'T BELIEVE THE WART
CURE {PREVIOUS ENTRY}, SHE SEEMED TO
BELIEVE THIS ONE, JUST BY THE WAY SHE SAID IT.
SHE GOT THIS ITEM FROM HER MALTESE HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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ROMAN NUMERALS

A RUSSIAN AND ITALIAN CUSTOM IS TO WRITE THE YEAR IN ROMAN NUMERALS
ABOVE THE DOOR AT NEW YEAR'S. THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK IN THE FOLLOWING
YEAR

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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GOOD LUCK

IT IS GOOD LUCK TO EAT PICKLED HERRING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A GERMAN IMMIGRANT AND INFORMANT }
HIMSELF DOES NOT BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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FOR GOODLUCK FOR A YEAR, ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, EAT SOUL FOOD,
ESPECIALLY BLACKEYED PEAS.

Submitter comment: MRS. LOCKHART'S FAMILY HAS PRACTICED THIS FOR GENERATIONS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.36
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-01-1972

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FOR GOOD LUCK FOR A YEAR, A GOOD LUCKING PERSON, MAN OR WOMAN
1MUST RING THE DOORBELL ON NEW YEARS EVE OR DAY.

Submitter comment: I KNOW OF MANY FAMILIES BESIDES THE LOCKHARTS WHO BELIEVE IN THIS

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD LOOKING? HANDSOME?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-01-1972

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NEW YEAR'S BELIEF

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO VISIT YOU ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IS FAIR-HAIRED THERE WILL BE MUCH TROUBLE FOR YOU THAT YEAR.

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO VISIT IS DARK-HAIRED THEN THERE WILL BE GOOD LUCK FOR THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

IN ORDER TO ENSURE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR, SAUERKRAUT AND PORK
MUST BE SERVED AT THE MAIN MEAL NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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CUSTOM

FIRST FOOTING - NEW YEAR IN ENGLAND FIRST PERSON TO ENTER HOUSE
AFTER MIDNIGHT SUPPOSED TO HAVE GIFT FOR HOUSE - MEANS GOOD
LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

HANSEL MONDAY - FIRST MONDAY OF THE NEW YEAR IN IRELAND.
ADULTS GIVE A GIFT OF MONEY TO CHILDREN AND DO NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING
IN RETURN. GOOD LUCK TO GIVE AND RECEIVE.

Submitter comment:

NORWEGIAN ORIGIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

GRANDMOTHER SAID WHEN NEW YEAR'S WOULD COME AROUND SHE HAD THE
TRADITIONAL BLACK-EYED PEAS AND COLLARD GREENS TO COMPLETE HER NEW
YEAR'S DINNER. GRANDMOTHER SAID THE TRADITIONAL DINNER REPRESENTED
GOOD FINANCIAL LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE BLACK-EYED PEAS
SYMBOLIZED COINS AND THE COLLARDS REPRESENTED GREENBACKS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT
PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM SINCE THE EARLY YEARS OF HER MARRIAGE.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC MONEY ; SYMBOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001960S (MID)

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NEW YEARS CUSTOM/LUCK

A PERSON CAN ASSURE PROSPERITY FOR THE COMING YEAR BY BREAKING THE
POMEGRANATE ON THE DOORSTEP ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM/LUCK

IF AN OLIVE OR LAUREL BRANCH IS HUNG ON THE DOOR OF A HOME ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE FAMILY LIVING IN THAT HOUSE WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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LUCK

IF YOU EAT ANY KIND OF FOWL ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOUR LUCK WILL
FLY OUT THE WINDOW FOR THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO COME THROUGH THE DOOR OF YOUR HOUSE ON
CHRISTMAS EVE IS A DARK HAIRED MAN YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN THE
YEAR TO COME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHRISTMAS ; COLOR ; GOOD LUCK ; HAIR ; holiday ; LUCK ; Man ; OMEN ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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NEW YEAR LUCK

AT MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR EAT HERRING TO ASSURE YOURSELF OF GOOD LUCK
IN THE YEAR TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FISH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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