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GEORGIA NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOM

"WHENEVER YOU'D GET A KNIFE AS A GIFT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE,
YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GIVE THE PERSON A COIN IN RETURN
SO THAT YOUR FRIENDSHIP WOULDN'T BE CUT IN TWO DURING THE NEXT YEAR"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATED THAT A VARIATION OF THIS CUSTOM WAS PRACTICED
BY BRANCHES OF HER FAMILY IN WHICH THE CUSTOM WAS EXTENDED
TO INCLUDE OTHER HOLIDAYS AND BIRTHDAYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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