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HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

IT IS A LONG TIME CUSTOM IN THE FARM COUNTRY NOT NECESSARILY IN THE
CITY, TO BURN CORN STALKS OUT IN THE FIELD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUMIGATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BURN THE PALMS YOU RECEIVE ON PALM
SUNDAY SOMEWHERE WITHIN YOUR HOME; THE SMOKE FROM THE
PALMS WILL SURROUND THE HOUSE AND GUARD IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUMIGATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-08-1985

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DURING A THUNDERSTORM, TO AVOID BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING,
IT IS ADVISABLE TO BURN ONE OF THE BLESSED PALMS
WHICH WERE DISTRIBUTED ON PALM SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRE SMOKE FUMIGATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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