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IF YOU SEE A FUNERAL PROCESSION,
YOU MUST HOLD ONTO A BUTTON BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK
NOT TO DO SO.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life
BELIEF -- Conversions Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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IF YOU SEE A FUNERAL PROCESSION, YOU MUST HOLD
ON TO A BUTTON BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK NOT TO DO SO.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life
BELIEF -- Conversions Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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It is extremely bad luck for a bride-to-be to sew
even one stitch in her own wedding dress.

Submitter comment: Elaine first heard this warning as a young woman, when her
friend was sewing her own wedding gown. The bride's relatives
(Polish) warned her not to, as it would surely bring trouble.
They dismissed it as an "old-wives tale." Later, however,
her best friend died an unexpected and premature death.
She now believes this to be true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Superstition, advice, tabu

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00001950S

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO HAVE A PREGNANT WOMAN IN YOUR
WEDDING PARTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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IT IS A SUPERSTITION THAT IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE
GROOM TO SEE THE BRIDE BEFORE THE CEREMONY ON
THEIR WEDDING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Morning before wedding
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK FOR THE BRIDE TO GO IN ONE DOOR AT
THE CHURCH AND OUT THE OTHER.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-20-1968

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YOU SHOULD NEVER BE MARRIED WITH THE HANDS OF THE
CLOCK POINTING DOWN. IT MEANS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

HAS ALWAYS HEARD THIS, BUT DOESN'T RECALL WHERE
SHE FIRST LEARNED IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOCK ; LUCK ; MARRIAGE ; Old Wives Tale ; OMEN ; TIME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 05-10-1965

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WE GOT MARRIED ON A FRIDAY AND MY MOTHER NEARLY
HAD A FIT. THAT MEANT BAD LUCK. BUT THE PRIEST
WHO MARRIED US, FATHER CLARK FROM NEW YORK, SAID
THAT ONLY NIGGERS GOT MARRIED ON SATURDAY AND HE
WOULDN'T MARRY US ON THAT DAY.

Submitter comment:

HAPPENED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; SOUTHFIELD ; SOUTHFIELD DOWNS TRAILER CAMP ; GLOUCESTER

Keyword(s): Day ; LUCK ; MARRIAGE ; RACISM ; Saturday

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO DROP SOMETHING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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NEITHER THE BRIDE NOR THE GROOM SHOULD SEE EACH
OTHER ON THE MORNING OF THEIR WEDDING. TO PREVENT
BAD LUCK THEY SHOULD SEE EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST
TIME DURING THE CEREMONY.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS SMALL. THIS WAS ALWAYS
SAID BEFORE EACH WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Morning before wedding
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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IF IT RAINS ON WEDDING DAY, IT IS CONSIDERED
BAD LUCK AND THE MARRIAGE WILL FAIL.

Submitter comment: ACQUIRED BELIEF

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK FOR THE GROOM TO SEE THE
BRIDE IN HER WEDDING GOWN IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE
WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Morning before wedding
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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IF YOU GET MARRIED ON A CLOUDY OR RAINY DAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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THERE IS A RIGHT WAY AND A WRONG WAY TO WEAR YOUR
WEDDING RINGS. IF YOU ARE WEARING THEM THE WRONG
WAY, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment: THE WEDDING RING IS SUPPOSED TO BE WORN CLOSEST
TO THE HEART, THAT IS PUT ON THE RING FINGER FIRST,
AND THEN THE ENGAGEMENT RING PUT ON AFTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE BRIDE TO SEE THE GROOM BEFORE
THE WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Morning before wedding
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK IN GERMAN TRADITION TO
MARRY WHEN THE HANDS OF THE CLOCK ARE POINTING
DOWNWARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 03-28-1968

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WHEN IT RAINS ON A WEDDING DAY, BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW.
(TRANSLATED FROM THE POLISH).

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF THE GROOM SEES HIS BRIDE IN HER GOWN BEFORE THEY
GET TO THE CHURCH, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GET MARRIED IN MAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT THOUGHT THAT THIS BELIEF WAS POLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 06-30-1964

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE GROOM TO SEE THE BRIDE ON
THE DAY OF THEIR WEDDING, BEFORE THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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