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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something, blue

Background: The informant is married herself, but also worked in a bridal store for years and knows a lot about wedding traditions. She specifies how this tradition ties in with wedding dresses and how the store incorporated them. LR: I know the whole, something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new as being like good… Continue Reading »

“In bocca al lupo” – Italian Idiomatic Phrase

Description of Informant AG (18) is an Italian-American dual citizen and high school student from Berkeley, CA. At home, she speaks primarily Italian, and spends her summers in Italy. —  Phrase Original Text: In bocca al lupo. Phonetic: N/A Transliteration: Into the mouth of the wolf. Free Translation: [See Collector’s Reflection] Responses: (1) Che crepi…. Continue Reading »

Egg Healing

Context: MV is a 2nd generation Mexican-American from New Mexico. Half of her family is of Japanese-Mexican descent and much of her extended family lives in Mexico. I received this item from her in a video conference call from our respective homes. She knows about this practice from her nana (grandmother) but she has never… Continue Reading »

Lifting Your Legs Over Train Tracks for Good Luck

Context: The informant and I were driving in the car when we passed over train tracks and she told me the piece. The piece was collected in its natural performance setting. Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant. She learned the piece as a child from her parents who… Continue Reading »