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POLISH EASTER CUSTOM

TRADITIONALLY POLISH AMERICANS OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN BRING A
BASKET OF FRUIT TO THE CHURCH EASTER SUNDAY TO BE BLESSED. THE
PURPOSE IS TO INSURE GOOD CROPS FOR THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S GRANDPARENTS ARE POLISH-AMERICAN AND ANUALLY TAKE
PART IN THE CUSTOM IN MILWAUKEE.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S PUNCTUATION HAS BEEN CORRECTED BY THE KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; OSHKOSH

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

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"DOUBLE DUTCH" JUMP ROPE RHYME

THE RHYME IS CALLED
ALLIGATOR PURSE
MINNIE, MINNIE, HA, HA, WENT TO SEE THE DOCTOR
MINNIE CRIED 'CAUSE THE BABY DIED
IN WALKED THE DOCTOR
IN WALKED THE NURSE
IN WALKED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE
MINNIE CRIED 'CAUSE THE BABY DIED
OUT WALKED THE DOCTOR
OUT WALKED THE NURSE
OUT WALKED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERED THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; OSHKOSH

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME ; CHARACTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 10-11-1967

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