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TO PREVENT BAD LUCK AFTER YOU HAD SPILLED SOME SALT,
MAKE SURE YOU THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 00001920S

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF ONE STEPS ON A CRACK WHILE WALKING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 00001920S

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IF WALKING IN A TRIO, ALL SHOULD WALK ON THE SAME
SIDE OF A TREE OR OTHER OBSTRUCTION, OR IT IS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 00001920S

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NEVER ROCK AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 00001920S

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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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SWIENCANKA

ON THE SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER, THE PEOPLE GATHER WITH
THE FOOD THEY INTEND TO EAT ON EASTER. THE PARISH
PRIEST THEN BLESSES THE FOOD. THIS IS A POLISH
CUSTOM TERMED SWIENCANKA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00001920S

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GERMAN CUSTOM

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE PORK AND SAUERKRAUT SHOULD BE SERVED
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: 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
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001920S

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THREADS

INVISIBLE TIES ARE THE STRONGEST TIES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001920S

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VIGILIA

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER SHOULD BE WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY AT THE MOTHER'S
HOUSE--CALLED VIGILIA. THERE SHOULD BE 13 DIFFERENT DISHES
SERVED AND EACH PERSON SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF EACH ITEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; Dinner ; FOOD ; holiday ; tradition ; Vigilia

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 00001920'S

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CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

THE DINNER ON CHRISTMAS EVE SHOULD NOT BE STARTED TILL THE FIRST
STAR FALLS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.
 

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): FOOD ; METEOROLOGICAL

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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UKRANIAN CHRISTMAS

YOU SHOULD HAVE REAL STRAW FOR THE CRIB AND AN OAK TREE FOR THE
CHRISTMAS TREE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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WHY THE MAN WALKS ON THE OUTSIDE

A MAN WALKS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WALK SO THAT IF SOMEONE THROWS
GARBAGE OUT OF THE WINDOW THE WOMAN IS LESS LIKELY TO GET HIT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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CRYING

IF YOU CRY BEFORE 11, YOU WILL LAUGH BY 7.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00001920'S

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WAFER

A WAFER SHOULD BE SHARED WITH EACH FRIEND THAT ATTENDS YOUR HOUSE
DURING CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 00001920'S

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POLISH BEER DRINKING SONG

PIJE KUBA DO JAKUBA
PIJE KUBA DO JAUBA, JAKBA DO MICHALA
PIJE JA PIJE TY, PIJE KOMPANIJA CALA,
A KTO NIE WIPIJE, TEGO WE DWA KIJE,
KUPU CUPU, CUPU TUPU, NIECH PO POLSHUU ZIJE.

IT MEANS:
JOHN DRINKS TO JAKE, JAKE DRINKS TO MIKE
I DRINK, YOU DRINK, THE WHOLE COMPANY DRINKS
WHO DOESN'T DRINK SHALL GET SLAPPED
LET HIM LIVE LIKE A GOOD POLOCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): POLISH DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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SHROVE TUESDAY

FOR GOOD LUCK, "PACZKI" (A POLISH DELICACY) ARE MADE FOR SHROVE
TUESDAY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 00001920S

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Maxim ; Nine ; NUMBER ; PROVERB ; Save ; Stitch ; THRIFT ; TIME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Belief: Animal

White Horse:

make a wish, and it will come true if you see a white horse.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; COLOR ; Equine ; HORSE ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; White ; WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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