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A CUSTOM PERFORMED AT WEDDINGS IN NAPLES, ITALY, IS
PERFORMED AT THE RECEPTION. THE BEST MAN TAKES THE
GROOM'S TIE AND CUTS IT INTO MANY TINY PIECES. HE THEN SELLS
THE PIECES TO THE GUESTS AT THE WEDDING. HE THEN GIVES ALL
THE MONEY TO THE GROOM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS CUSTOM HELPS THE NEWLYWEDS SET
UP HOUSEKEEPING. SHE ALSO SAID THAT MONEY IS USUALLY GIVEN
RATHER THAN A MATERIAL GIFT. IF THE BRIDE OR GROOM'S FAMILY
ARE WELL TO DO, THEY MAY EVEN GIFT THE COUPLE WITH A FLAT
OR AN APARTMENT.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Keyword(s): MONEY ; WEDDING CUSTOM

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001980S

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CUSTOM

IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT MAN AND WOMAN BECOME ENGAGED AFTER
THE THIRD DATE. THE ENGAGEMENT THEN LASTS FOR 2 YEARS.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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CUSTOM

WHEN AN ITALIAN GIRL DATES, HER MOTHER ALWAYS GOES ALONG AS
A CHAPERONE.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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CUSTOM

BEFORE AN ITALIAN MALE IS MARRIED, HIS FATHER TAKES HIM TO A PROSTI-
TUTE. AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE, THE UNMARRIED MALE IS CIRCUMCISED.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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CUSTOM

IN NAPLES, ITALY, THE PEOPLE CELEBRATE A HOLIDAY CALLED GRAVE YARD
DAY , WHICH OCCURS IN THE SPRING OF EVERY YEAR. ON THIS DAY THE
PEOPLE GO TO VISIT THE GRAVES OF DEAD RELATIVES.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

James Callow Keyword(s): GRAVEYARD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOM

AT MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN NAPLES, THE PEOPLE DISCARD OLD
BELONGINGS BY THROWING THEM OUT OF WINDOWS AND DOORWAYS ON TO THE
STREET. THESE BELONGINGS CONSIST OF ANYTHING FROM A CORK TO A
DINING ROOM TABLE.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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IF SOMEONE HAS MORE THAN I DO, ITS ALRIGHT FOR ME TO STEAL FROM HIM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE THIEVE OF NAPLES, AND IS ACTUALLY
PRACTICED.

James Callow comment: THIEF THIEVES

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

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

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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