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CUSTOM

A SWEDISH SMORGASBORD IS APPETIZERS EATEN BEFORE A MEAL. THE
APPETIZERS CONSIST OF BREAD AND BUTTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Keyword(s): FOOD

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

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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VOLKSWAGONS

IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF ONE SEES TEN RED VOLKSWAGONS IN A ROW
IN ONE PERIOD OF TIME, THAT THE NEXT BOY THAT THEY (SHE) WILL
SEE, SHE WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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BELIEF

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE MOLTEN LEAD IS POURED INTO COLD WATER. THE LEAD
FORMS DIFFERENT SHAPES AND THEN THE FUTURE FOR THE NEW YEAR IS
READ FROM THESE SHAPES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S HUSBAND DID THIS IN FINLAND, ALSO DID THIS IN MONROE
WITH MAXINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GOOD LUCK

HERRING IS ALWAYS EATEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S HUSBAND DOES THIS EVERY NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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DU DU LIEGST MIR MIM HERZEN
DU DU LIEGST MIR MIM SINN
JA JA MACHST MIR VIEL SCHMERZEN
WEISST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN.
JA JA JA JA
JA JA JA JA
WEISST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN.
YOU ARE IN MY HEART
YOU ARE IN MY MIND
YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE ME FEEL SAD.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WONDERFUL I THINK YOU ARE.
YES YES YES YES
YES YES YES YES
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WONDERFUL I THINK YOU ARE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS SONG WAS SUNG IN GERMAN BEER HALLS, WHILE EVERY
ONE HAS THEIR ARMS HOOKED TOGETHER AND SWAY BACK AND FORTH TO THE
MUSIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

IF A CHICKEN SINGS LIKE A ROOSTER, SOMEONE WILL DIE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER AND FATHER BELIEVE THIS SAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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REMEMBRANCE LOG

DURING VACATION WE PICK UP A LOG FOR THE FIREPLACE BACK HOME. ON
NEW YEAR'S EVE THE LOG IS BURNED AND ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT
HAPPENED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ARE RECALLED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY STARTED THIS CUSTOM.

James Callow comment:

BOGGS NUMBERS FOR SUMMER HERE HAVE BEEN ADDED ON THE
ASSUMPTION THAT THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY'S VACATIONS
OCCUR IN THE SUMMER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

A BABY BORN WITH ITS CAUL STILL INTACT IS A LUCKY BABY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IF A COUPLE SAYS THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, THE
VOWS ARE STILL BINDING, EVEN THOUGH A MINISTER ISN'T PRESENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU HEAR THE WAIL OF A BANSHEE, IT'S AN ILL OMEN MEANING DEATH
OR SERIOUS TROUBLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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OLD LADY WITCH

OLD LADY WITCH, SHE FELL IN A DITCH,
SHE FOUND HER A PENNY, AND THOUGHT SHE WAS RICH.
THE OLD LADY WITCH FOUNDED THE PENNY IN THE DITCH,
BUT SHE NEVER, NEVER, BECAME RICH.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MONROE

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

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SAYING

SOMEONE WHO IS VERY OUTGOING: "HE NEVER MEETS A STRANGER."

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; MONROE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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OOGIE GOOIE

HE SAT UPON A RAILROAD TRACK, A TRAIN HE DID NOT SEE.
OOGIE GOOIE}

Submitter comment: NOT SUNG, BUT SING - SONGEY VERSE

Where learned: TOLD IN ; MONROE

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION EUPHEMISM ; RHYME: AAA

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

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN

IT IS BETTER TO BE SILENT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL
THAN TO SPEAK AND REMOVE ALL DOUBTS.

Where learned: TOLD IN ; MONROE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS A SPECIAL WAFER WITH A HOLY PICTURE ON IT WAS PASSED
AROUND THE DINNER TABLE AND EVERYONE TOOK A BITE. IT WOULD BRING
GOD'S BLESSING ON EVERYONE

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

James Callow Keyword(s): OPLATKI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BIRTHDAY CUSTOM

A GIRL'S 15TH BIRTHDAY IS CELEBRATED BY TAKING THE GIRL TO CHURCH
AND GIVING HER A GOLD RING. THE GIRL CAN TAKE 6 OTHER GIRLS WITH
HER. THESE GIRLS BUY THE BIRTHDAY DRESS AND EVERYTHING THAT GOES
WITH IT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT CELEBRATED HER 15TH BIRTHDAY THIS WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

DON'T LET A BABY LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE IT'S ONE YEAR OLD, BECAUSE
IT WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS AN ENGLISH SUPERSTITION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BAD LUCK

DON'T BUY A BROOM IN AUGUST BECAUSE ITS BAD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

A FEW DAYS BEFORE EASTER MY MOTHER WOULD TAKE A BASKET OF FOOD TO THE
PRIEST TO BE BLESSED. THIS WAS FOR GOOD HEALTH IN THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THE BASKET OF FOOD CONSISTED OF THE MAIN FOODS THE FAMILY ATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER EVERYBODY AT THE DINNER TAKES A BITE OF THE SAME EGG.
THIS IS SO EVERYBODY WILL GET ALONG DURING THE NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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