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NEW YEAR CUSTOM

THERE IS A GREEK TRADITION WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BRING
GOOD LUCK. THERE IS A PASTRY CALLED PETA WHICH IS BAKED
IN A SQUARE PAN. BEFORE IT IS BAKED THE COOK PUTS
MONEY RANGING FROM A NICKEL TO FIFTY CENTS. IT USED TO BE
A FIFTY CENT PIECE BUT NOW THAT MONEY IS PRECIOUS IT'S GETTING
SMALLER AND SMALLER. ANYWAYS, THEY PUT THIS COIN IN THE DOUGH
AND BAKE IT. THE PERSON WHO GETS THE PIECE WITH THE COIN
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT WHOLE YEAR. THE CEREMONY HAPPENS ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGH CALLED "FILO" ; GIFTGIVING ; GREEK CHEESE IS CALLED "FETA"

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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GREEK RETORT
THE MULE CALLS THE CHICKEN-FAT HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO TELL SOMEONE OFF WHEN THEY ARE YOU TO
DO OR SAY SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK LANGUAGE RETORT IS ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GREEK RETORT

KNOCK ALL YOU WANT AT A DEAF MAN'S DOOR.

Submitter comment: YOU SAY THIS TO A BULL-HEADED OR STUBBORN PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK TRANSLATION ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Toast

The Art of Toasting:

Toasting "healths" began hundreds of years BC when warriors offered drinks to Pagan Gods. Greeks drank at banquets to every God on Olympus. RomNS dded a pledge to Caesar - with a cup to each letter in his name. Norsemen drank to Thor, and Oden, plus cups to love, memories, absent friends. Merrymakers drank to each other's health. Pledging in these cutthroat days was very real. A man was especially vulnerable while drinking. When kinsman "pledged health," they swore to defend each other. Rowdy songs and chug-a-lugging begame part of health drinking as well as toasts to the ladies, wealth and success.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Not ONE example.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Caesar ; DRINKING ; Greek ; HISTORY ; Kinship ; Kinsman ; Norse ; Oden ; Pagan ; Protect ; Romans ; Social ; SUCCESS ; Thor ; TOAST ; Viking ; Warriors ; WEALTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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APOKRIES

THIS IS THE PRE-LENTEN HOLIDAY, A THREE WEEK FESTIVITY, AND PRECEDES
THE FORTY-NINTH DAY PRE-EASTER LENTEN PERIOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Easter ; ETHNIC ; FESTIVAL ; Greek ; holiday ; Lent

James Callow Keyword(s): FESTIVAL ; Greek

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Christian Chronology

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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CHRISTMAS FOOD CUSTOM (GREEK)

A PIG IS BOUGHT AND RAISED FOR A YEAR. IT IS KILLED CHRISTMAS
EVE AND DIFFERENT PARTS ARE USED TO MAKE DIFFERENT FOOD SUCH
AS LEG IS USED FOR SAUSAGE.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT COULDN'T REMEMBER OTHER DETAILS. THE FOOD IS EATEN
CHRISTMAS DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; Greek ; Pig ; Sausage ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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GREEK CUSTOM

THE GREEKS HANG THEIR CROSSES ON THE EAST WALLS OF THEIR HOME
WHERE THE SUN RISES. ( FACING THE EAST.)

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cross ; Crucifix ; Culture ; CUSTOM ; East ; Greek ; Ordinal Direction ; RELIGION ; Sun ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; FACING EAST ; POSITION

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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