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A partially typed and handwritten term paper completed at Franklin and Marshall College entitled, "Folk Festivals of Southeastern Pennsylvania", by Paul B. Dicely, dated June 1, 1950. Within, Dicely details the information he gathered from locals of Lancaster and Dauphin counties on the various holidays and traditions they celebrate.
Groundhog Day - This is the day the Groundhog comes out of his hole. If it is sunny and he can see his shadow, he will be frightened and return to his hole. This means there will be six more weeks of winter.
If it is cloudy and he cannot see his shadow, he will remain outside - we can then expect spring weather to follow.
St. Valentine’s Day - Before the present day usage of comic valentines, people would write verses of love and good cheer and send them to friends. As long as the people I interviewed could remember, there were printed valentines. However, they were sold on a much smaller scale than nowadays. These were usually very ornate, with lace and sugary verses. They were usually exchanged by lovers.
Christmas and New Year’s Day - Since we were told to exclude these days, I have included no information about them.
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Dicely, Paul B., "Term Paper: Folk Festivals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, June 1, 1950" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 196.
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