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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM-HOLY SUPPER

SOME UKRANIANS (UKRAINIANS) ON CHRISTMAS EVE (DEC. 24) EAT NO FOOD
UNTIL THE HOLY SUPPER. THE HOLY SUPPER CONSISTS OF A TWELVE COURSE
DINNER (TWELVE APOSTLES) WITH NO MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS. CLOVES
OF GARLIC ARE ON EACH PLATE, THIS IS TO KEEP AWAY ILLNESS. THE
FIRST DISH IS A WHOLE GRAIN WITH HONEY AND POPPY SEEDS. ALL
TWELVE DISHES MUST BE TASTED AT LEAST.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FRIEND SMENA RAKOVSKEY PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM DAIRY PRODUCTS ; ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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Holiday Tradition

We have a family tradition. Christmas Eve dinner is the same each year. There is no meat served at that meal, going back to the Catholic observance of Christmas Eve as a day of abstinence. THe foods served are spaghetti with anchovi sauce, Baccala ( Cod fish with almonds and spices), fillet of sole, fried shrimp.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; Catholic ; Dinner ; ETHNIC ; FISH ; FOOD ; holiday ; Italian ; meat ; RELIGION ; tradition

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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HOLIDAY MEAL

VOGELIA--IN A SPECIAL FAMILY DINNER ON CHRISTMAS OR EASTER, AN
ODD NUMBER OF COURSES ARE SERVED (7,9, OR MORE). NO MEAT IS SERVED
AT ALL, BUT FISH IS ALLOWED. EACH COURSE IS BROUGHT OUT
INDIVIDUALLY; FOR EXAMPLE, BREAD MIGHT BE FIRST, THEN
FOLLOWED BY SOUP, THEN FOLLOWED BY THE FISH OR BY FRUIT FOR DESSERT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Please make a copy. Label it F663

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; Easter ; FOOD ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; Menu ; tradition ; VOGELIA

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITION AT CHRISTMAS IS ALWAYS A MEAT PIE.

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Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FOOD ; meat ; New England ; Pie ; Region ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

FRENCH CANADIANS EAT MINCE MEAT PIE ON CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT IS AN
OLD, TRADITIONAL CUSTOM.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canadian ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; FRENCH ; holiday ; meat ; Mincemeat ; Pie ; REGIONAL ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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( ANIMAL BELIEF )

IF YOU ATE AN ANIMAL RAW, YOU COULD NEVER GET THE BLOOD OFF.

Data entry tech comment:

The collector has written ["To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee] on the card.

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Where learned: ALABAMA

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BLOOD ; Clean ; Consume ; Eat ; FOOD ; meat ; Raw

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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