RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for GIFTS returned 36 results.

prev | items 1 - 21 | next

EASTER BUNNY

THE EASTER BUNNY (MY PARENTS) WOULD VISIT OUR HOUSE THE NIGHT
BEFORE EASTER MORNING. HE WOULD LEAVE BRIGHTLY COLORED EGGS,
ONES THAT I HAD DECORATED THE NIGHT BEFORE HIDDEN IN VARIOUS
SPOTS IN THE HOUSE, ALONG WITH BASKETS OF CHOCOLATES, JELLY
BEANS, AND OTHER CANDIES. I WOULD THEN FIND THESE GOODIES,
MY PARENTS ALSO USED TO GET LIVE BUNNIES FROM MY UNCLE'S RABBIT
FARM THAT WOULD BE HIDDEN IN THE HOUSE,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 0001950S

View just this record

EASTER BASKETS ARE HIDDEN FROM THE CHILDREN ON THE NIGHT BEFORE.
IN THE MORNING THE CHILDREN FIND THE BASKETS WITH THEIR NAME ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets

Date learned: 10-07-1972

View just this record

CHILDREN'S SONG

MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME PEACHES
MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME PEARS
MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME FIFTY CENTS
AND KICKED ME DOWN THE STAIRS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT MANY OF HER FRIENDS AND HER SISTERS USED
TO SING THIS WITH HER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. SHE ALSO TOLD ME THAT
THIS CAN ALSO BE USED WITH A CLAPPING BEAT OF WHATEVER THE SINGER
THINKS WILL GO WITH THE SONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUIT AS GIFTS ; INITIAL ITERATION MEDIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 09-25-1972

View just this record

BELIEF

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE RIBBON BREAKS, IS THE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UNWRAPPING GIFTS DURING BRIDAL SHOWER

Subject headings: 870
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-00-1971

View just this record

EASTER CUSTOM

IN HUNGARY, CHILDREN MAKE A NEST AND PUT IT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. THE
EASTER BUNNY COMES THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER AND FILLS THE NEST WITH
EGGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 03-00-1970

View just this record

EASTER CUSTOM

EVERY EASTER, MY MOTHER MAKES ABOUT 20 LAMB CAKES AND BUNNY CAKES,
AND GIVES THEM TO FRIENDS, THE PRIESTS, THE NUNS, AND RELATIVES.

Submitter comment:

FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: TOLD BY ; QUESTIONNAIRE

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 03-26-1971

View just this record

CROATION EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY, CHILDREN GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE IN THEIR
NEIGHBORHOODS CARRYING SMALL BOTTLES OF CHEAP PERFUME. WHEN THEY
DABBED SOME PERFUME ON THE OCCUPANT OF THE HOUSE, HE WOULD GIVE
THEM MONEY.

Submitter comment:

Told various dates at informant's home.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

View just this record

"DINGUS"

ON EASTER MONDAY, YOU WOULD KNOCK AT PEOPLE'S DOORS AND POUR WATER
ON THEIR HANDS. THEN YOU WOULD SAY A POLISH SAYING AND THEY WOULD
GIVE YOU COOKIES OR SOMETHING.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S MOTHER PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM WHEN SHE WAS IN POLAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 03-05-1972

View just this record

EASTER MONDAY

THE DAY AFTER EASTER WAS CALLED "DYNGUS DAY" OR "SWITCHING DAY."
THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER THE BOYS WOULD SWITCH THE GIRLS OR IN OTHER
WORDS THEY WOULD HIT THEM ON THE LEGS WITH A SWITCH OR A PIECE OF
STICK. IF THE BOY CAUGHT YOU AND SWITCHED YOU, YOU HAD TO GIVE HIM
SOME CANDY OR AN APPLE OR HERE IN AMERICA SOME MONEY. THE NEXT
DAY, TUESDAY, IT WAS THE GIRL'S TURN TO SWITCH THE BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; HEALTH ; REVENGE ; RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 03-11-1970

View just this record

CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE POLISH CHILDREN WOULD GO FROM HOUSE TO
HOUSE KNOCKING ON THE DOORS. THE PEOPLE INVITED THEM INSIDE
WHERE ONE OF THE CHILDREN WOULD BRUSH THE PERSON ACROSS THE ANKLES
WITH A SWITCH WHILE THE OTHERS RECITED A SPECIAL GROUP OF WORDS.
WHEN THEY WERE FINISHED, THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE WOULD GIVE THEM
A BLESSED EGG, A PIECE OF CANDY, OR IN MOST CASES, MONEY.
THIS WAS CALLED DINGUS DAY, THE NAME DERIVED FROM THE WORDS RECITED;
DINGUS, DINGUS, PODINGUS...

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; RITUAL SPEECH ; RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

View just this record

YUGOSLAVIAN EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY, CROATIAN CHILDREN WOULD GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE
CARRYING AN ORANGE, AND THEIR NEIGHBORS WOULD STICK DIMES OR NICKELS
INTO THE ORANGE FOR GOOD HEALTH.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): BEGGING ; EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; HEALTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: (VARIOUS DATES)

View just this record

POLISH EASTER MONDAY CUSTOM

EVERYONE GIVES FOOD TO EVERYONE ELSE FOR FERTILITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION BUILDING ; told at work

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-25-1969

View just this record

EASTER CUSTOM OF APPLETON, WISCONSIN

THE RESIDENTS OF APPLETON, WISCONSIN TRADITIONALLY COLOR EASTER
EGGS AND HIDE THEM FOR THEIR CHILDREN ON EASTER SUNDAY MORNING.
MANY AT THE SAME TIME GIVE THEIR CHILDREN EASTER BASKETS FILLED
WITH CANDY AND TOYS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS EXPERIENCED THE CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets

Date learned: 10-04-1967

View just this record

EASTER BELIEF OR CUSTOM

THE "EASTER BUNNY" SUPPOSEDLY BRINGS EGGS AND CANDY TO CHILDREN ON
EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-00-1969

View just this record

CUSTOM FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR GOOD FRIENDS TO EXCHANGE EASTER
EGGS AMONG EACH OTHER ON EASTER SUNDAY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS ACQUAINTANCES AND
RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-07-1967

View just this record

EASTER EGG COLORING

UKRAINIANS ARE WIDELY KNOWN FOR THEIR EASTER EGG COLORING ART. THIS
ART ORIGINATED IN PAGAN TIMES, AND SYMBOLIZED THE REAWAKENING OF THE
EARTH FROM WINTER INTO SPRING. AFTER THE ADVENT OF CHRISTIANITY
THE "PYSANKA" SYMBOLIZED THE RESURRECTION AND THE REBIRTH OF
MANKIND, THEREFORE IT IS LAVISHLY DECORATED AND IS UNCOOKED. IT IS
NEVER EATEN BUT GIVEN AWAY AS A TOKEN OF LOVE, AND REGARDED
AS TALISMAN.

Data entry tech comment:

Told at informant's place of occupation - Detroit Board of Education.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DETROIT BOARD OF EDUCATION ; INFORMANT'S PLACE OF OCCUPATION

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 03-17-1970

View just this record

IN BELGIUM, ON MAY 1, PEOPLE GO OUT TO LOOK FOR LILLIES-OF-THE-
VALLEY. THEY WOULD THEN MAKE THEM INTO A BOUQUET AND GIVE IT
TO A LOVED ONE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-01-1970

View just this record

MAY DAY--MAY 1

ON MAY DAY ALL THE CHILDREN TAKE MAY BASKETS FILLED WITH CANDY AND
FLOWERS AND HANG THEM ON THE DOORS OF PEOPLE THEY LIKE.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED IN KANSAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 11-00-1970

View just this record

MAY DAY CUSTOM

IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON MAY 1, THE YOUNG MEN GO INTO THE FOREST AND CUT
DOWN A YOUNG SAPLING AND PLACE IT IN FRONT OF THE HOME OF THEIR
FAVORITE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 03-02-1970

View just this record

ON THE EVE OF ALL SAINTS DAY THE CHILDREN WOULD PUT THEIR SHOES
OUT TO BE FILLED WITH CANDY BY THE SAINTS.

Data entry tech comment: ALL SAINTS DAY: NOVEMBER 1.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-13-1971

View just this record

prev | items 1 - 21 | next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.