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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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ORIGIN OF IRELAND

IRELAND BEGAN WHEN A TEAR OF HOPE FELL FROM HEAVEN INTO THE
SEA. THIS FORMED THE EMERALD ISLE. THE COLOR GREEN HERE IS
A SIGN OF HOPE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; Emerald Isle ; ETYMOLOGY ; Green ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Legend ; Lore

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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PROVERB FROM A BLACK AMERICAN

PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE EATING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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"FASCHING"

FASCHING IS A CARNIVAL LIKE A PARADE WHICH BEGINS ON THE 6TH
( SIXTH ) OF JANUARY UNTIL THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY. THE
PEOPLE IN GERMANY DURING THE "FASCHING" PARADE IN COSTUMES OF ALL
KINDS AND HAVE MANY DECORATED FLOATS. ALSO A PRINCE AND PRINCESS
WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN CHOSEN FOR THIS OCCASION ON THE 11TH
( ELEVENTH ) OF NOVEMBER, APPEAR IN DANCES AROUND THE CITY. IN A
FEW PLACES THE PEOPLE WALK ON STILTS AND WEAR MASKS SO AS TO SCARE
THE EVIL SPIRITS OF LONG AGO. THE PEOPLE ENJOY THE MASQUERADES,
DANCES, AND FLOATS, WHICH COST THEM A GOOD SUM OF MONEY. THEREFORE,
ON ASH WEDNESDAY THE PEOPLE GO TO A WELL OR SPRING AND WASH
OUT THEIR PURSES BECAUSE THEY ARE EMPTY AFTER ALL THE EXPENSES OF
THE FASCHING.

Data entry tech comment: FASCHING MEANS RUNNING AROUND CRAZILY. (TRANSLATED FROM THE ANCIENT
GERMANIC WORD VASEN.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WATER

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F111
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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ON HOLY SATURDAY FOOD IS BROUGHT TO BE BLESSED AT THE CHURCHES
IN GERMANY. THE FARMERS HAVE A CUSTOM OF USING SOME OF THE BLESSED
PALM WHICH THEY GOT FROM THE CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY ( , ) ALONG WITH
SOME SHELLS OF THE BLESSED EGGS FROM THE BLESSING OF THE FOOD, AND
PLACE IT IN THE FOUR CORNERS OF THEIR CROP FIELDS AND PRAY THE ROSARY
AND SPRINKLE HOLY WATER AS THEY PRAY FOR A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY: FOUR CORNERS ; SWIECZONKA ; WATER

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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AT SUNRISE ON EASTER MORNING, PEOPLE GATHER ON FEDERAL HILL,
IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, TO SEE THE FACE OF THE SAVIOR ( SAVIOUR )
IN THE SUN AS IT RISES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): JESUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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SARDINIAN EASTER

ON EASTER IN SARDINIA, AT 8 A.M., TWO PROCESSIONS BEGIN. THE
FIRST WITH HALF OF THE PEOPLE FROM THE TOWN,
PROCESS(ES) WITH THE STATUE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
WHICH IS DRESSED IN BLACK. THE SECOND GROUP COMES FROM THE
CEMETERY WITH A STATUE OF CHRIST. THE GROUPS MEET IN THE TOWN
SQUARE WHERE THE MOURNING GARB IS REMOVED FROM THE VIRGIN. BOTH
PROCESSIONS THEN PROCEED TOGETHER TO THE CHURCH WHERE MASS IS
CELEBRATED. DURING THE CONSECRATION, FIREWORKS ARE SET OFF TO
SYMBOLIZE JOY.

Data entry tech comment: COMMAS ADDED BY THE KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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AT THE STATE QUARRIES IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND, THE MINERS REFUSED TO
WORK ON ASCENSION DAY. THE MANAGERS TRIED TO BREAK THEM OF THIS
CUSTOM AND SUCEEDED FOR TWO YEARS. HOWEVER, THE MEN AGAIN REFUSED,
AS THERE HAD BEEN FATAL ACCIDENTS BOTH YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Ascension Day

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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ST. LUKE'S DAY, OCT. 18

ON ST. LUKE'S DAY IN BALOGNA, ITALY, THE PORTRAIT OF THE MADONNA
AND CHILD, WHICH IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY ST. LUKE, IS
CARRIED IN PROCESSION TO THE CHURCH OF ST. MARK WHERE THE PICTURE IS
KEPT FOR VENERATION DURING THE NEXT WEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F101
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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FISHING FLEETS

IN VALENCIA, SPAIN, WHEN THE SHIPS ARE GOING OUT TO SEA ON THEIR
FISHING VOYAGES, THERE IS A TOWN CEREMONY WHERE THE PRIESTS OF THE
TOWN BLESS THE FLEETS JUST BEFORE DEPARTURE. THIS IS ALSO THE
TIME THAT THE WIVES AND SWEETHEARTS SEE THEIR MEN OFF, PERHAPS
FOR THE LAST TIME.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
THERMOS
THERMOS WHO?
THERMOS BE SOME ONE WAIT-TING WHO FEELS THE WAY I DO.

Submitter comment: AT MARYGROVE (DETROIT )

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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BELIEF IN LEBANON

A SMALL BLUE SPECIAL STONE WORN ON THE PERSON
WILL KEEP BAD LUCK AND EVIL AWAY.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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A LEBANESE BELIEF

THE LEBANESE BELIEVE THAT A PERSON WHO
CARRIES EVEN THE SMALLEST PORTION OF THE TRUE
CROSS WITH THEM IS COMPLETELY IMMUNE FROM
ALL HARM, NO MATTER WHAT.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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(LEBANESE PROVERB)

HABIT IS A SECOND NATURE.

Submitter comment: (AS OPPOSED TO FIRST NATURE ACTS SUCH AS EATING, SLEEPING, ETC.)

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IRISH PROVERB

THE HEN SEES THE DAWN, BUT LETS THE ROOSTER CROW ABOUT IT.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM IN LEBANON

THE OLDEST GIRL GENERALLY GETS MARRIED FIRST. IF THE OLDEST GIRL
DOES NOT GET MARRIED FIRST, PEOPLE THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING
WRONG WITH HER. THE YOUNGER SISTERS THEN MUST WAIT FOR THE OLDEST TO
GET MARRIED. THIS CUSTOM IS BEGINNING TO BE LOST AND PUT ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRONOLOGY OF MARRIAGE WITHIN FAMILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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COURTSHIP

IN ITALY, IF AN ITALIAN BOY TAKES OUT AN ITALIAN GIRL JUST ONCE,
IT IS EXPECTED THAT HE WILL MARRY HER. IT IS AT THIS TIME THAT THE
PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF THE COUPLE GET TOGETHER AND MEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Individuals
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0121

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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WEDDING SALUTE

IN GERMANY ON THE MORNING OF A WEDDING, WHICH IS A SATURDAY,
THEY GIVE THE WEDDING SALUTE WHICH IS A WARNING OF THE COMING OF A
WEDDING. A GUN IS SHOT OFF STARTING AT 4:00 IN THE MORNING AND
CONTINUES ON EVERY SO OFTEN IN THE MORNING BEFORE THE WEDDING
BEGINS. THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Morning before wedding

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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MOTHER AND CHILD

THE CHURCH OF ST. LUKE IN BOLOGNA, ITALY HOUSES THE FAMOUS
JEWEL STUDDED PICTURE OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD WHICH IS
BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY ST. LUKE. A GREAT MANY MIRACLES
ARE ATTRIBUTED TO IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BALOGNA ; Jewel ; Madonna ; PAINTING ; Patron ; Picture ; Saint ; Saint Luke

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001968 (FALL)

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ORIGIN OF IRELAND

IRELAND BEGAN WHEN A TEAR OF HOPE FELL FROM HEAVEN INTO THE
SEA. THIS FORMED THE EMERALD ISLE. THE COLOR GREEN HERE IS
A SIGN OF HOPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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