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ST. BRIGID'S DAY

FEBRUARY 1 IN IRELAND IS ST. BRIGID'S DAY. THAT NIGHT, THE "BIDDY
BOYS" GO ROUND FROM FARM HOUSE TO FARM HOUSE, WEARING MASKS AND
SINGING SONGS. AFTER THEIR SONGS, THEY ASK "THE WOMAN OF THE
HOUSE" FOR MONEY. ON THE FOLLOWING NIGHT AT THE LOCAL DANCE HALL,
THERE IS A BIDDY BALL, AND ALL THE GIRLS WEAR MASKS. THE LAST GIRL
TO BE IDENTIFIED IS CALLED THE BIDDY GIRL--A REAL COMPLIMENT TO HER
FEMININE VANITY. ( A COUNTY KERRY CUSTOM ONLY. )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEGGING ; MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

BEGINNING THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS UNTIL THE FEAST OF THREE KINGS,
CHILDREN IN POLAND WOULD GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE CAROLING. THE OLDER
"KOLEDNIKI" WOULD DRESS AS ANGELS, DEVILS, MULES, ETC., AND THEY
USUALLY RECEIVE DONATIONS OF MONEY. THE YOUNGER ONES WOULD
USUALLY RECEIVE EITHER A SCOOP OF WHEAT, RYE OR OATS WHICH THEY WOULD
TAKE TO THE STORE AND REDEEM FOR MONEY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S CHILDREN IN THEIR YOUTH DID PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM
IN THIS COUNTRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS A GROUP OF PEOPLE MAKE THEIR ROUNDS FROM
HOUSE TO HOUSE, SINGING AND EXTENDING CHRISTMAS GREETINGS. THIS
GROUP CONSISTS OF A GHOST, REPRESENTING THE HOLY GHOST, A DEVIL,
THREE MEN CARRYING THE CHILD, REPRESENTING THE THREE WISE MEN, AND
THE CENTER OF THE GROUP, A MAN DRESSED IN AN OLD SHEEPSKIN COAT CALLED
THE KUBA ZUBA.

Submitter comment:

This was collected 12-25-66 from my parents who were remembering how Christmas was celebrated when they were young.
 

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 12-25-1966

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AUSTRIAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AUSTRIAN PEOPLE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS BY DRESSING UP IN COSTUMES AND
PARADING AROUND THEIR TOWN ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

A FIGURE IS CHOSEN TO PERSONIFY MARY AND ONE TO PERSONIFY JOSEPH.
THE TWO APPOINTEES VISIT EACH HOUSE IN A NAMED VICINITY ON CHRISTMAS
EVE. THEY GO FROM DOOR TO DOOR RECALLING THE JOURNEY OF THE HISTORIC
FIGURES.

Where learned: informant's residence

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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