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> Glasgow List: Glasgow Customs, Not "Please show me your passport"
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post 1st Aug 2003, 05:06pm
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Glasgow has long been associated with many customs which are peculiar to a unique city: the jelly piece flung from the third floor.

Please have a wee think and come up with some great Glasgow customs from yesteryear or yesterday!

If you see a custom which takes your fancy, why not start a topic about it in the 'General Chit Chat' board and have a chat about it?


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post 1st Aug 2003, 06:58pm
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how about the Scramble at a wedding?
I remember getting shoved oot o the wae by the bigger kids


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post 1st Aug 2003, 08:31pm
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When ah wis wee we used to have to recite a poem or do a wee dance when we'd go round the doors at Halloween. We'd be given fruit or nuts, or maybe a sixpenny bit for our efforts.

Ma grannie would cook a fruit dumpling on Sundays, the day the whole family would visit her. She'd put coins in it wrapped in tissue paper. Lucky was the grandchild who got a slice of dumpling with a coin! However, I think she arranged it so that none of us got left out and that we'd all get something. ( I seem to think that sometimes one of the coins would be a silver threepenny. )
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post 1st Aug 2003, 11:15pm
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What about when a baby was christened, we took a tea biscuit and put a silver coin in between two biscuits and gave it to the first child, of the opposite sex of the baby. Does anyone know why we did this??
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post 2nd Aug 2003, 01:41am
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How about going first footing .After the bells at new years


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post 2nd Aug 2003, 01:52am
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and what about when a girl is getting married and you have a showing of gifts .the mother puts all the gifts the couple gets out in the living room for all their friends and family to see.
and the night you stop working and the girls give you "A sending off" they take you from work, some times in an old pram and they dress you daft, but its great fun I remember it happened to my oldest sister biggrin.gif


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post 2nd Aug 2003, 07:13am
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If you wanted good luck all year the "First Foot" in your door after midnight had to be a man with dark hair and if he carried a lump of coal that was even better. My brother was always sent oot at 11:59 with orders to be back in at 12:01
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post 2nd Aug 2003, 10:33am
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Maybe this custom doesn't exist any more.
On July 12th, the day of the Orange Walk, many folk freshly painted their doors according to their sentiments - bright Orange by the Protestants & green by the Catholics. Feelings would sometimes rise high on that day with neighbors snubbing those of opposing persuasions.

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post 4th Aug 2003, 11:46am
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a bride was expected to collect bed linen, blankets, bits and pieces etc for her new home, it was called bottom drawer.
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post 4th Aug 2003, 07:10pm
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This wis a favourite in oor hoose

you didnae get wearin yir new coat tae yi wore it tae chapel first
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post 4th Aug 2003, 07:20pm
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did anyone else do this we got new clothes for the first sunday in May?


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post 4th Aug 2003, 08:31pm
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Hanselling a new purse given as a gift.

Baby Money, placed in the tiny fist of a new baby.

Telling complete strangers all your business!! laugh.gif
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post 7th Aug 2003, 12:41am
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To greet friends and family with a great big hug


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post 7th Aug 2003, 01:08am
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If you made a gift of a wallet or purse to a friend or family member, you always put a coin in it first signifying that you always hoped they'd have money in it.

[Hi betty2 - that was no' the custom in mah family & ah'm thankful!]
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post 7th Aug 2003, 01:31pm
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cool.gif Hi weemags, aye we always goat new claes fur the first Sunday in May, an we hud tae wear them every Sunday efter that until the next year, an we could'nae wear them any other time. biggrin.gif
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