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MEXICAN EASTER CUSTOM
THEY'D PRESERVE THE EGG SHELLS AS WHOLE AS POSSIBLE. THEN THE
SHELLS WERE DRIED, COLORED OR DYED. PAPER CUT UP INTO MINIATURE
PIECES OF ALL SHAPES AND COLORS WERE THEN PUT INTO THE SHELLS.
THE OPEN END OF THE EGG WAS SEALED WITH PAPER OR TAPE. NOW THE
EGGS WERE READY TO BE USED AS A FUN-PIECE AT AN EASTER PARTY.
THE EGGS WERE CRACKED OVER EACH OTHER'S HEAD WHEN THE PERSON
WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD. ALL THE PAPER PIECES WOULD THEN FLY ALL
OVER AND EVERYONE WOULD LAUGH AND CLAP.

Submitter comment: SISTER CONSUELA SAID THAT SHE AND THE OTHER 9 OR 10 MEMBERS
OF HER FAMILY LOOKED FORWARD TO THIS FUN EVERY EASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SUPERSTITION

FATHER TOLD ME THAT WHEN HE LIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA THE DUTCH,
REALLY LOW CLASS GERMANS, HAD A SUPERSTITION THAT IF AN EVIL EYE
WAS PAINTED ABOVE THE BARN DOORS, THIS WOULD
WARD OFF THE EVIL SPIRITS, ALL THEIR BARNS HAD
AN EYE PAINTED ABOVE THE DOORS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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