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GERMAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN GERMANY, THREE BOYS DRESS UP LIKE THE THREE KINGS
AND THEY GO TO FARMHOUSES AND SING CHRISTMAS SONGS.
ONE BOY HAS A LONG STICK WITH A STAR ON THE TOP OF IT.
THEY COLLECT APPLES, NUTS, ETC.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT BECAUSE SHE LIVED IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 02-07-1967

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IN GERMANY WHEN A GIRL BECOMES ENGAGED, SHE BEGINS TO
SAVE PHENNIGS. WHEN SHE HAS ENOUGH TO BUY A PAIR
OF SHOES, SHE MAY MARRY.

Submitter comment: FOUR PHENNIGS MAKE A PENNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 02-27-1968

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

ON THE EVE OF A GERMAN WEDDING (IN GERMANY) THE FRIENDS
OF THE GROOM STEAL THE BRIDE AWAY FROM HER HOUSE AND
THE GROOM MUST LOOK FOR HER TILL HE FINDS HER. USUALLY
HE IS EXPECTED TO FIND HER BEFORE MIDNIGHT. THE
CUSTOM IS MORE OF A TRADITIONAL PRACTICAL JOKE THAN A
SYMBOL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. IT IS NOT DONE AS MUCH
HERE AS IT WAS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

THE WEDDING RINGS IN GERMAN MARRIAGES ARE PLAIN GOLD
BANDS, NEVER DIAMONDS. THEY ARE PLACED ON THE RIGHT
HAND INSTEAD OF THE LEFT AND IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT
THE MAN WEARS A RING THAN THE WOMAN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN, WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. THESE CUSTOMS WHICH ARE
ALMOST THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF AMERICAN ONES, ARE NOT
PRACTICED TO A GREAT EXTENT IN AMERICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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IN MUNICH, GERMANY, THEY HOLD A BEER FESTIVAL EVERY
YEAR CALLED THE OCTOBER FEST TO CELEBRATE THE
MARRIAGE OF A MEDIEVAL PRINCESS. THIS HAS BEEN GOING
ON FOR AT LEAST FIVE HUNDRED YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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POLTERABEND

THIS GERMAN CUSTOM CONSISTS OF FRIENDS OF A NEWLYWED
COUPLE THROWING POTTERY AGAINST THEIR HOUSE DOORWAY.
THE BELIEF IS THAT THIS WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE
YOUNG COUPLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS INFORMED OF THIS CUSTOM ON A RECENT
TRIP TO GERMANY.

Where learned: GERMANY ; MINNESOTA ; DULUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Day after wedding

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WHEN ERECTING A NEW BUILDING IN GERMANY, THEY PLACE A SPRIG
OF PINE OR SPRUCE, OR FIR TREE AT THE TOP OF THE POLE
AND IT STAYS THERE FOR ONE YEAR AFTER COMPLETION. THIS
IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HE ACTUALLY SAW THIS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT ; DEARBORN ; TV STUDIO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Foundation rite Laying of cornerstone
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-28-1970

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GERMAN CUSTOM

ON THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 5, THE GERMAN CHILDREN PUT
A SHOE IN THE WINDOW OF THEIR HOUSE. THE CHILDREN
BELIEVE THAT ST. NICHOLAS PUTS COOKIES, NUTS, ETC.
IN THE SHOE.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT BECAUSE SHE LIVED IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120

Date learned: 02-07-1967

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THE MOST POPULAR REFRESHMENTS INCLUDE CHAMPAGNE, AND
HOMEMADE DOUGHNUTS, AND PUNCH. THE CHAMPAGNE IS DRUNK
AT TWELVE MIDNIGHT (NEW YEAR'S EVE?). FIRECRACKERS
ARE SET OFF AT THIS TIME ALSO.
ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING THERE IS A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMED

Submitter comment: IN VIENNA.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN TO PLANT

FARMERS SAY NEVER PUT SEED (IN) WHEN THE MOON GETS
LESS, BUT WHEN IT GETS MORE. YOU PLANT AND GET MORE,
BIGGER FRUIT.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME IN MY HOME BY MY NEIGHBOR, WHO WAS BORN
AND RAISED IN RURAL GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

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IN OBERAMERGAUE, GERMANY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME, THEY
HOLD A PASSION PLAY, DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRTH OF OUR LORD=CHRISTMAS. ; SOME CONTRADICTION HERE--PASSION PLAY=CRUCIFIXION.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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GERMAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN GERMANY, THREE BOYS DRESS UP LIKE THE THREE KINGS
AND THEY GO TO FARMHOUSES AND SING CHRISTMAS SONGS.
ONE BOY HAS A LONG STICK WITH A STAR ON THE TOP OF IT.
THEY COLLECT APPLES, NUTS, ETC.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT BECAUSE SHE LIVED IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 02-07-1967

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IN GERMANY ON EASTER MONDAY, THE BOYS WOULD SPRAY THEIR
FAVORITE GIRL WITH PERFUME. ON TUESDAY, THE GIRLS
WOULD DO THE SAME TO THEIR FAVORITE BOY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GERMANY ; ERIE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 00001920S

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IF A BLACK CROSSES YOUR PATH FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, IT
IS BAD LUCK. IT IS VERY INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT
IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE OR IT IS NOT BAD LUCK IF
THE CAT CROSSES FROM YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR LEFT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT ALTHOUGH NOT AN AVID SUPERSTITION
BELIEVER, STILL IS AWARE AND CONSCIOUS OF THESE
SUPERSTITIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IN GERMANY, IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO TIE UP
CATTLE OR SELL THEM ON ASH WEDNESDAY.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 12-08-1967

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IF YOU SNEEZE THREE TIMES IN A ROW, YOU'RE A GOOD
CATHOLIC.

Submitter comment: PROBABLY CAME FROM MRS. DRAMBERGER'S PARENTS, WHO WERE
FROM GERMANY.

Where learned: GERMANY ; TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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GERMAN CUSTOM--JUNE 17

TAGDEDUETSCHEN EINHERT IS A SAD MEMORIAL DAY COMMORATING
THE REVOLT OF THE COMMON PEOPLE AND ALL THOSE WHO WERE
KILLED IN THE PROTEST AGAINST THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE
BERLIN WALL. THIS IS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY AND ALL SCHOOL
AND WORK IS OFF ON JUNE 17TH EACH YEAR.

Submitter comment: TOLD IN BEAUTY SHOP, 17619 SIX MILE RD., DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR: TALKING TOO MUCH

THERE WAS A GUY ON MY EUROPE TOUR IN '66 WHO TALKED A LOT AND,
UNFORTUNATELY, HE SPOKE WITH A HOOSIER TWANG. WHEN WE WERE GOING
UP TO THE SALT MINES OUTSIDE SALZBURG, I WAS IN THE LAST CABLE CAR
WITH REID, OUR CONDUCTOR (WHO IS A CHARACTER), AND THIS GUY, BOB
MEYER, AND SOMEONE FROM THE NEXT GROUP. BOB WAS RATTLING ON AND
ON, AND REID FINALLY LOST HIS PATIENCE AND TACT (WHAT TACT HE HAD)
AND SAID BLUNTLY, "BOB, YOU'VE GOT DIARRHEA OF THE MOUTH." BOB
STOPPED, SURPRISED, I GUESS BECAUSE NO ONE HAD EVER TOLD HIM TO
SHUT UP BEFORE. HE DIDN'T SAY A WORD FOR A LONG TIME AFTER THAT
AND IT SEEMED TO ME THAT HE DIDN'T TALK AS MUCH AFTER THAT. REID
MADE ANOTHER COMMENT, I THINK, ABOUT BOB NOT BEING AS BAD AS
ROSEMARY, OUR GUIDE WHO TALKED FROM 9:00-10:26 (I TIMED HER)
NON-STOP--NO COMMAS, NO PERIODS. I WAS SORT OF EMBARRASSED THAT
REID WAS SO BLUNT, BUT IT WAS EFFECTIVE AND I THOUGHT A VERY APT
STATEMENT AND I HAD TO TRY HARD TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE.

Where learned: GERMANY ; SALZBURG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-00-1966

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GERMAN GRAVEYARD

IN A GRAVEYARD IN GERMANY, THERE WERE STRANGE
LIGHTS SHINING. THE PEOPLE SAID IT WAS THE
PEOPLE BURIED THERE WALKING AROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; WARREN

Keyword(s): GHOSTLY LIGHTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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LORELEI {WATER NYMPH} SITTING PRETTY

THE LORELEI IS A CLIFF OVERLOOKING THE RHINE.
THERE IS A LEGEND THAT A BEAUTIFUL GIRL SITS THERE
COMBING HER SHINING HAIR WITH A GOLDEN COMB, WHILE
SINGING A BEAUTIFUL SONG. THE SOUND OF HER SONG
WOULD BE CARRIED OVER THE WAVES, LURING SHIPS AND
SAILORS TO THEIR DESTINY--SHIPWRECKED AT HER FEET
ON THE ROCKS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GERMANY, IN SCHOOL, WHEN SHE WAS VERY
YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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