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TRADITIONAL ITALIAN WEDDING DAY DINNER:
PREPARED BY BRIDE'S MOTHER, WITH HELP OF RELATIVES.
ANTIPASTO
SOUP AND GREENS
SPAGHETTI (WITH SHORT NOODLES FOR EASIER EATING)
AND GREENS
VEAL WITH PEAS AND MUSHROOMS
ROAST CHICKEN AND SALADS
WEDDING CAKE
INFORMANT SAID THAT AT HER WEDDING HER MOTHER WORKED
SO HARD PREPARING THE FOODS THAT HER FEET BOTHERED
HER THE REST OF HER LIFE AND WERE NEVER AS THEY
WERE BEFORE.

Where learned: DAUGHTERS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dinner

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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THE GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION OF A POLISH WEDDING
TAP THEIR PLATES WITH THEIR SILVERWARE DURING THE
MEAL. THE TAPPING DOES NOT STOP UNTIL THE COUPLE
KISS. THIS MAY HAPPEN ANY NUMBER OF TIMES DURING
THE MEAL.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Glassware tapping

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IN MOST ARABIC COUNTRIES, LIKE LEBANON, THE FAMILY
OF THE GROOM AND NOT THE BRIDE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
ALL WEDDING EXPENSES.

Submitter comment: MRS. RASHID APPROVES.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Gifts

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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THIS IS A POLISH CUSTOM PRACTICED DURING THE BRIDE AND
GROOM'S WEDDING RECEPTION. JUST BEFORE TWELVE O'CLOCK,
BEFORE THE BRIDE AND GROOM LEAVE, THIS CUSTOM IS
PRACTICED. THE BRIDE SITS ON THE GROOM'S LAP AND THE
GUESTS CIRCLE AROUND THEM. THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE TAKES
OFF THE BRIDE'S VEIL AND GIVES IT TO THE MAID OF HONOR.
THEN THE MOTHER PLACES A SMALL WREATH OF FLOWERS ON HER
HEAD--THIS SIGNS THE END OF HER VIRGINITY.

Submitter comment: KNOWN FROM TRADITION.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Removing veil

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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TRADITION: CARRYING BRIDE OVER THRESHOLD.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Carrying bride over threshold

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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HAIRCUTS

THE FIRST HAIRCUT OF AN INDIAN BOY OR GIRL IS AN
IMPORTANT EVENT. EVERYBODY IN THE FAMILY GOES TO
THE TEMPLE TO WITNESS IT.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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THIS FAMILY SERVES A MEAL OF SAUERKRAUT AND GOOSE ON
NEW YEAR'S EVE TO OBTAIN LUCK IN THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM SOME FRIENDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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EAT HERRING AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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SPANISH CUSTOM

JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, IT IS A
SPANISH CUSTOM TO PEEL AN ORANGE WITHOUT BREAKING THE RIND.
WHILE DOING THIS, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE WISHES FOR THE
COMING YEAR. IF THE ORANGE PEEL IS IN ONE PIECE YOUR WISHES
SHOULD COME TRUE. (NORMA'S MOTHER LEARNED THIS CUSTOM IN
PANAMA).

Where learned: HOME ; PANAMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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NEVER EAT CHICKEN, OR ANY KIND OF FOWL, ON NEW YEAR'S DAY;
BECAUSE CHICKEN SCRATCH BACKWARDS, AND YOU WANT TO GO
FORWARD IN THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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THE BOSS OF THE PLANT BELIEVES THAT THERE WILL BE A GOOD
WORK YEAR IF EVERYONE WORKS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW
YEAR, SO EVERYONE MUST COME IN TO WORK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN SEE THE FUTURE IF
YOU WALK BACKWARDS AND LOOK INTO A MIRROR. YOU WILL SEE
YOUR BOYFRIEND IN THE MIRROR, AND YOU CAN SOMETIMES SEE
THE DEVIL IN IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE ONCE HAD THE MIRROR READY TO LOOK AT
MIDNIGHT BUT SHE GOT SCARED AND PUT IT AWAY BECAUSE SHE
WAS AFRAID SHE WOULD SEE THE DEVIL.
GRANDMOTHER OF COLLECTOR=MRS. MARY ABRAMS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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AN OLD IRISH SUPERSTITION: ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE FIRST
PERSON THAT COMES TO THE DOOR OF YOUR HOUSE MUST BE A
TALL, DARK, HANDSOME MAN OR ELSE YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK
FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A WOMAN TO WISH YOU
HAPPY NEW YEAR'S FIRST, A MAN SHOULD ENTER YOUR HOUSE
FIRST, AND WISH YOU HAPPY NEW YEAR'S.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ALWAYS HAS HER HUSBAND GO OUT THE DOOR AND COME
IN THE BACK DOOR AND WISH HER A HAPPY NEW YEAR'S BEFORE
A WOMAN HAS A CHANCE TO ENTER.
MRS. ABRAMS IS GRANDMOTHER OF COLLECTOR.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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DON'T LOAN MONEY OR BORROW ON NEW YEAR'S OR YOU WILL BE
BROKE ALL YEAR ROUND.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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IT IS A COMMON SCOTTISH CUSTOM TO SING "AULD LANG SYNE"
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: HIS HOME

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

Date learned: 01-31-1968

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SPRINKLE LIME POWDER BEHIND DOORS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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EVEN WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, MY NEIGHBOR HAD PARTAKEN IN
A SIMPLE TRADITION OF OPENING ONE PACKAGE OR PRESENT
ON CHRISTMAS EVE. HER CHILDREN ALSO OBSERVE THIS
CUSTOM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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UNTIL SHE WAS MARRIED, THE INFORMANT, AS DID THE REST OF
HER FAMILY, CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AT HER AUNT'S HOUSE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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DIFFERENCE IN MEAT COURSES AT CHRISTMAS

IN THIS FAMILY, THE FATHER'S SIDE HAS GOOSE FOR THE
MEAL MEAL AND THE MOTHER'S SIDE HAS TURKEY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANTS LEARNED IT FROM THEIR PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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