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NAME DAY CELEBRATION-BAVARIA

IN BAVARIA, THE PEOPLE DO NOT CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS; THEY
CELEBRATE THEIR NAME DAYS. THIS IS THE FEAST DAY OF
THE SAINT AFTER WHOM EACH PERSON IS NAMED.
ON EACH PERSON'S NAME DAY, HIS RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
SEND CARDS OR PERSONALLY CONGRATULATE THE CELEBRANT
AS FOLLOWS:
HAVE A NICE NAME'S DAY, GOOD HEALTH, LONG LIFE AND
MAY YOU HAVE EVERLASTING HAPPINESS IN HEAVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; BAVARIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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THE NUMERALS OF THE CURRENT YEAR ARE PRINTED ON THE
INSIDE OF THE BUILDINGS ABOVE THE FRONT DOOR OF THE
HOME AND ABOVE THE MAIN DOOR OF THE BARN.
EACH YEAR THE CHANGE IS MADE ON THE FEAST OF THE
EPIPHANY. FOR GOOD LUCK, THE INITIALS OF THE THREE
KINGS ARE PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NUMERALS WITH
A CROSS BETWEEN EACH LETTER. EXAMPLE: 19C (CROSS) M
(CROSS) B 68

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; WARREN ; BAVARIA ; ALLGAU

Keyword(s): BALTHAZAR ; KASPAR ; MELCHIOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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EARLY NEW YEAR'S MORNING (ABOUT 4:00 A.M.) THE CHILDREN
WOULD KNOCK ON EACH DOOR AND SHOUT:
ICH WUNSCHE EUCH ALLES GUT NEUES JAHR ALLEMITSAM,
KALBER UND KUHE UND ALS WAS IHR HAM.
I WISH EACH AND EVERYONE A GOOD NEW YEAR INCLUDING
CALVES, COWS, AND WHATEVER ELSE YOU HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; WARREN ; BAVARIA ; ALLGAU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 09-27-1968

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