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THE FLOATING CANDLE AND LUCK

ONE CUSTOM REQUIRES THAT YOU LIGHT A CANDLE AND STICK
IT INTO A PIECE OF WOOD AND THEN FLOAT IT IN THE RIVER.
IF IT REMAINS LIT, AND CONTINUES TO FLOAT UNTIL
IT IS COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR SIGHT, YOUR WISH WILL
COME TRUE.
THIS IS DONE ON A CERTAIN FRIDAY AT THE BEGINNING OF
SPRING. YEARS AGO IN THE LATE AFTERNOON, ONE COULD SEE
TENS OF THESE CANDLES FLOATING AND RUNNING DOWN THE
RIVER, MAKING A BEAUTIFUL SPECTACLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BAGHDAD ; IRAQ

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.9
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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