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TO SPILL YOUR COFFEE

AS A CHILD, I LEARNED TO DRINK COFFEE WITH MY
ELDERS. IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE IN GREECE, IT IS A SIGN
OF MATURITY. I WAS GIVEN A CUP OF EXPRESSO, WHEN TRYING
TO PLACE IT GENTLY ON MY LAP, I ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED SOME.
I BEGAN TO CRY, FOR I NOW THOUGHT THAT I WOULD NO
LONGER BE ABLE TO DRINK COFFEE WITH MY PARENTS. MY
MOTHER EXPLAINED TO ME THAT TO SPILL COFFEE IS A
SIGN OF GOOD FORTUNE. IT MEANS THAT MONEY WOULD COME MY
WAY. SURE ENOUGH, I RECEIVED A CHECK FROM MY GRANDMOTHER
FOR A JOB THAT I HAD DONE FOR HER. TO THIS DAY I STILL
BELIEVE THIS.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER HAS MANY SUCH STORIES AND BELIEFS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1955 ; 00-00-1974

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EVERY YEAR ON THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR, WE GIVE PRESENTS
TO EACH MEMBER OF MY FAMILY. THIS IS DONE BECAUSE IN GREECE, IT
IS SAINT BASIL'S DAY. SAINT BASIL IS THE GREEK SAINT OF
CHILDREN. HE BRINGS PRESENTS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN GOOD THE
PREVIOUS YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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EVERY APRIL 24TH, WE CELEBRATE SAINT GEORGE'S DAY IN GREECE.
SAINT GEORGE IS ONE OF THE PATRON SAINTS OF GREECE. ON THIS
DAY, WE CELEBRATE HIS DESTROYING THE DRAGON. SAINT GEORGE
WAS ORIGINALLY AN ARCHANGEL, THIS IS ONE OF GOD'S CHIEF ANGELS.
THE DRAGON REPRESENTS THE EVILNESS OF SATAN; SO TO COMMEMORATE
THIS EVENT, THE OLDEST MALE CHILD OF EACH TOWN OR VILLAGE
IS DRESSED IN LIGHT CHAIN MAIL, AND ARMED WITH A FAKE SWORD.
AN ADULT FROM THE VILLAGE, NORMALLY THE MAYOR, IS DRESSED AS
THE DRAGON. THEY RE-ENACT THE FIGHT THAT OCCURRED, WITH SAINT
GEORGE WINNING. THIS PERFORMANCE IS FOLLOWED BY A HUGE
FEAST, WHICH THE WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE PREPARE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 24

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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COLD REMEDY FROM GREECE

THIS IS A TYPE OF HOMEMADE ELIXIR. YOU NEED A COFFEE CUP.
POUR IN A FOURTH OF A CUP OF WHISKEY, A THIRD OF A CUP OF HONEY,
THE HONEY SHOULD BE HEATED, A THIRD OF A CUP OF HOT TEA, AND TWO
TABLESPOONS OF LEMON JUICE. THIS YOU MIX VIGOROUSLY WITH A SPOON.
TO THIS YOU ADD A PINCH OF NUTMEG, TWO TEASPOONS OF SUGAR, AND
A CINNAMON STICK TO STIR IT WITH. THIS ACTUALLY DOES COAT THE
THROAT, BUT EVEN IF IT DID NOT, THE WHISKEY IS ENOUGH TO MAKE
YOU NOT CARE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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GINGER WATER IS GIVEN TO CHILDREN ON HOT DAYS. IT DOES NOT GIVE
THEM CRAMPS IF THEY RUN AND PLAY. YOU NEED A PITCHER OF ICE COLD
WATER; THIS IS YOUR BASE. INTO THE WATER YOU ADD THREE TABLESPOONS
OF SUGAR, ONE FOURTH OF A CUP OF BROWN SUGAR, TWO TABLESPOONS OF
CRUSHED GINGER, TWO SQUEEZES OF LEMON JUICE, AND SIX MEDIUM ICE
CUBES. STIR THIS SLOWLY, CHILL AND SERVE. IT SEEMS TO SWEETLY
WARM UP A CHILD'S STOMACH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- N412
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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