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VALENTINE'S DAY

DON'T SEW ON VALENTINE'S DAY. IF YOU DO, YOU'LL GET ST. VITIS
DANCE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD ABOUT THIS SUPERSTITION FROM SOME OF HER
POLISH FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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HOLIDAY

THROUGHOUT CANADA, EVERY DECEMBER 26TH, THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS,
IS KNOWN AS BOXING DAY. NO ONE GOES TO WORK ON THIS DAY AND
EVERYBODY JUST SEEMS TO RECUPERRATE FROM THE CHRISTMAS EXCITEMENT.
THIS IS RECOGNIZED AS A HOLIDAY WHICH ORIGINATED FROM GREAT BRITAIN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; HOLIDAY WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITION

DON'T CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS ON SUNDAY, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, YOU WILL DO
SOMETHING YOU'LL BE ASHAMED OF BEFORE THE WEEK IS OVER-

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): SABBATH WORK TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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IF YOU SEW A BUTTON ON SUNDAY YOU WILL TAKE THE STITCHES
OUT IN HELL

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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