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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

WHEN THE MORNING SKY IS RED AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME, IT IS MRS.
SANTA CLAUS BAKING LOTS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES.

Submitter comment: LEGEND TOLD TO ELAINE BY GERMAN GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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OMEN

QUITE OFTEN ONE SIGN OF A WITCH IS RED HAIR. THIS IS BECAUSE
JUDAS HAD RED HAIR AND DEALT WITH THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

PALE MOON DOTH RAIN
RED MOON DOTH BLOW
WHITE MOON DOTH NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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WEATHER FORECAST

PINK IN THE MORNING SAILORS' WARNING.
PINK AT NIGHT, THAT'S SAILORS' DELIGHT.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME AT A BOY SCOUT TRAINING SESSION
AT HOWELL SCOUT CAMP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Howell

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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MOTHER'S DAY CUSTOM

IF YOU WANT TO BUY YOUR MOTHER A CORSAGE FOR MOTHER'S DAY, THERE ARE
THINGS YOU SHOULD FIRST KNOW. IF YOUR MOTHER'S MOTHER IS DEAD, YOU
SHOULD BUY HER A WHITE FLOWER. IF YOUR MOTHER'S MOTHER IS ALIVE,
YOU SHOULD BUY HER A PINK FLOWER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT A RED FLOWER
MEANS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME WHEN I BOUGHT MY MOTHER THE WRONG COLOR OF
FLOWER. I HAVE BEEN MORE CAREFUL SINCE THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20
BELIEF -- Color

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EASTER

UKRAINIAN GIRLS DYE EXQUISITE EGGS TO CELEBRATE EASTER. THEY GIVE
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EGG TO THE BOY THEY LOVE. TO A BOY THEY WANT TO
GET RID OF THEY GIVE A BLACK EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM ; UKRAINIAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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EASTER

GREEKS DYE THEIR EASTER EGGS ONLY A DEEP BLOOD RED WHICH
SIGNIFIES THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment:

FROM FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: MAIL

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

GREEKS USE ONLY RED (DYED) EGGS AT EASTER TIME. THIS IS TO
SYMBOLIZE THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. THEY ARE CALLED MIMIKOS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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A RED LIGHT IS ADVERTISING A PROSTITUTION ESTABLISHMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

DURING HOLY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE
DRESS BOTH DAYS IN BLACK AND DO NOT LEAVE THEIR HOMES. FOOD IS PREPA
RED ON WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK AND NO WORK IS DONE ON THOSE TWO DAYS.
PREPARED

Submitter comment: A PRACTICE FROM THE INFORMANT'S HOMETOWN OF SABINAS IN MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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ORIGIN OF IRELAND

IRELAND BEGAN WHEN A TEAR OF HOPE FELL FROM HEAVEN INTO THE
SEA. THIS FORMED THE EMERALD ISLE. THE COLOR GREEN HERE IS
A SIGN OF HOPE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; Emerald Isle ; ETYMOLOGY ; Green ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Legend ; Lore

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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