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On the feast of St. Barbara (Dec.4), artillerymen wear
red socks.

Submitter comment: Ray was not sure how this custom came into being, but says
that St. Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen. Perhaps
because she is the saint to be prayed to for protection from
lightening and fire, the artillerymen feel that she has an
affinity with the explosive power of their weapons.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): Military, soldiers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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