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PRE-LENTEN TREAT -- HUNGARIAN

ON THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY, ALL THE HUNGARIAN MOTHERS
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD MAKE DOZENS OF JELLY DOUGHNUTS FOR
THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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JELLY DONUT DAY

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM THAT THE DAY BEFORE LENT
BEGINS-- ASH WEDNESDAY, TO HAVE JELLY ROLLS, A SYMBOL
OF REJOICING BEFORE GOING INTO PENANCE. THIS IS CALLED PACZKI DAY.

Data entry tech comment: PACZKI IN ENGLISH IS PRONOUNCED "PUNCHKIE".

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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MARDI GRAS

MARDI GRAS IS THE FEAST THAT STARTS OFF LENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting After all

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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POLISH LENT

ON THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY, THE YOUNG HOLD A SORT OF
CARNIVAL TIME CALLED "SLEDZENIE" __ HERRINGING. THEY SELL HERRING
AND LATHER A BEARDED MAN, SETTING HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIRCLE.
THEY PRETEND TO SHAVE HIM WITH THE HERRINGS. AFTERWARDS, THEY
SLAP HERRINGS AT EACH OTHER, SIGNIFYING THE BEGINNING OF LENT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN POLAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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TREES WILL BEAR VERY WELL IF THEY ARE SCATTERED WITH ASHES ON
ASH WEDNESDAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS GRANDFATHER ALWAYS HAD A BRIEF CEREMONY FOR ALL
MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY AND THE WORKERS IN WHICH A FEW ASHES WERE
SCATTERED IN THE ORCHARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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LENTEN CUSTOM -- FASENACHT

FASENACHT OR KAVENEVAL IS A HOLIDAY CELEBRATED EVERY TUESDAY
BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY. THIS CELEBRATION RESEMBLES MARDI GRAS
CELEBRATIONS, BUT ALSO HAS POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS. THE DAY BEGINS
WITH A PARADE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE MASKS AND COSTUMES ON AND PARADE
DOWN MAIN STREET. THE MAYOR AND THE PRESIDENT GIVE THE KEY TO THE
CITY TO A PRINCE AND PRINCESS WHO ARE CHOSEN IN A MANNER SIMILAR
TO OUR BEAUTY CONTESTS. AT NIGHT, FESTIVITIES INCLUDE SPEECHES,
PROGRAMS, DANCING, AND EATING. THE MEAL INCLUDES SAUERKRAUT AND
SALTED PORK CHOPS (RIPPCHEN). THE PROGRAM INCLUDES POLITICAL
MIMICKERY OF OFFICIALS, THEIR MISTAKES, AND THEIR BLUNDERINGS.
OTHER PROGRAMS CENTER AROUND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS --MARRAIGES,
FOR INSTANCE -- THAT ARE OF SPECIAL INTEREST. A TYPICAL TOPIC,
OF THESE PROGRAMS, FOR INSTANCE, IS THE MARRAIGE OF ARI AND JACKIE
THE MAYOR GIVES A SPEECH, SPECIAL SONGS OF THE TIMES ARE SUNG,
AND AFTER THIS PROGRAM, THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS PRESENT MEDALS
FOR THE BEST ACT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BEAUTY SHOP ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F6 3 F6 3.1

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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ASH WEDNESDAY

ON ASH WEDNESDAY, THE FIRST DAY OF LENT, A SPECIAL MEAL WAS HAD BY
THE LITHUANIANS. RED JELLO WAS SERVED TO REMIND THE PEOPLE OF
THE RED BRICKS WHICH THE JEWS USED TO MAKE WHILE THEY WERE IN THEIR
CAPTIVITY IN EGYPT. HOLY CROSS BUNS WERE SERVED TO REMIND THE PEOPLE
THAT CHRIST HAS SAVED THE PEOPLE FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 09-23-1971

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LENTEN CUSTOM

ON ASH WEDNESDAY IN HUNGARY, THE BOYS DRESS AS COUPLES AND BLACKEN
THEIR FACES. THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRASS BAND AND GO FROM
HOUSE TO HOUSE AND COLLECT DOUGHNUTS FROM ALL SINGLE GIRLS
LIVING THERE.

Where learned: HUNGARY

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THERE IS A CUSTOM ON ASH WEDNESDAY IN WHICH
THE PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH AND RECEIVE ASHES ON THEIR FOREHEADS TO
REMIND THEM THAT THEY WERE ONCE DUST, AND SOMEDAY THEY WILL
RETURN TO DUST. ALSO, THIS REMINDS THEM TO BE PENITENT AND
HUMBLE DURING THE LENTEN SEASON, AND TO MAKE SACRIFICES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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ON ASH WEDNESDAY YOU WOULD KNOCK ON PEOPLES DOORS AND WHEN THEY
WOULD COME OUT, YOU WOULD THROW ASHES ON THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM WHEN SHE WAS IN POLAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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LENTEN CUSTOM

ASHES ARE PUT ON CATHOLIC FOREHEADS ON ASH WEDNESDAY TO
SYMBOLIZE OUR RETURN TO ASHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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IRISH CUSTOM

ON THE EVENING BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY ALL FOOD IN THE CUPBOARDS
WAS COOKED.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 02-21-1971

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LENT

RED WINE IS TAKEN AT DINNER ON EVERY SUNDAY OF LENT EXCEPT THE THIRD.
WHITE WINE IS THEN TAKEN.
(MY UNCLE'S FRIEND WAS THE SOURCE OF THIS)

Submitter comment: ( THIS IS ) NOT NECESSARILY ( A GERMAN CUSTOM ).

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00001960S

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LENT

HOT CROSS BUNS ARE A BIG PART OF LENT AND ARE EATEN ALOT AT THIS
TIME.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS.
( THIS IS NOT ONLY OBSERVED AMONG SCOTCH-AMERICANS. )

Data entry tech comment: THESE BUNS CAME FROM THE CUSTOM OF MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER
BREAD BEFORE EATING IT. IN THEIR NEXT STAGE, BUNS WERE MADE WITH
A CROSS IMPRINTED ON THEM. AND FINALLY, THEY EVOLVED INTO THE HOT
CROSS BUNS OF TODAY--SPICED DOUGH, SOMETIMES WITH RAISINS, AND WITH
CROSSES OF FROSTING ON TOP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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LENTEN CUSTOM

DURING LENT, THE BYZNATINE ( BYZANTINE ) FAITHFUL ABSTAINED FROM
CUSTOMARY FOOD, IN THE OLD WORLD. MEAT WAS FOR SURVIVAL, AND FASTING
WAS KEPT VERY STRICT.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS NO LONGER KEPT IN THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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LENTEN FAST--RUSSIAN

DURING THE FORTY DAYS BEFORE EASTER, THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE WERE NOT
ALOWED TO EAT MEAT, FISH, MILK OR CREAM. THEY WERE ONLY
ALLOWED TO EAT VEGETABLES SUCH AS POTATOES, SAURKRAUT ( SAUERKRAUT ),
ETC.
NOTE: TOLD TO MY MOTHER BY HER NEIGHBOR MRS. MARY YASHIN
WHO GREW UP IN SARATOV, RUSSIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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LENT

MOST FAMILIES HAVE A LOT OF SOUP DURING LENT IN PLACE OF MEATS.
ACQUIRED THIS EVERY LENT.

Where learned: OSGOOD ROAD, ASSUMED ; MILFORD ; NEW HAMPSHIRE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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LENT

ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY OF LENT THE INFORMANT'S FATHER
ATE ONLY HERRING, POTATOES, AND CABBAGE, ALL WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF
WATER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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PRETZEL SUNDAY

A FOLK CUSTOM IS STILL WIDELY OBSERVED ON THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
IN LUXEMBOURG. YOUNG MEN PRESENT CAKES, BRIGHTLY DECORATED AND BAKED
IN THE FORM OF PRETZELS TO THE YPUNG WOMEN. IF THE GIRL WISHES
TO ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG MAN, SHE GIVES HIM A DECORATED EGG ON EASTER
SUNDAY. IN LEAP YEAR, THE PLAN IS REVERSED: THE GIRL PRESENTS THE
CAKE AND THE BOY RECIPROCATES WITH AN EGG.

Data entry tech comment: PRETZELS HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH LENT SINCE THE BEGINNINGS OF
CHRISTIANITY. THE SHAPE IS SUPPOSED TO SUGGEST TWO
ARMS IN PRAYER.

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 03-18-1968

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PALM SUNDAY

MEMBERS AT CHURCH WAVE PALM LEAVES BACK AND FORTH WHILE SONGS ARE
BEING SUNG IN HONOR OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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