Yes, it’s a day late but I started updating my BlogSpot yesterday and finished up rather late in the day. I like Groundhog Day because it’s an indicator that spring is coming and I really am hankering for it.
Not that we had a bad winter here in sunny California. Even though it was a cold year for us my blood can take it being from Indiana originally. I’m just glad I wasn’t in Michigan City this season, they are having very bad weather. When it gets down past 0 degrees it gets really crazy!
What happened with Punxsutawney Phil?
Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow and proclaimed an early Spring for you and me.
Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on 2 February on Gobbler's Knob, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.
The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle. Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.
Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle, said that after "consulting" with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what he has to say about the weather.
Phil is known as the "seer of seers" and "sage of sages."
Organizer’s predicted about 20-thousand people this weekend, a larger than normal crowd because Groundhog Day fell on a weekend this year.
Groundhog Day History & Historical Origins
The celebration began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has it’s origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar which is celebrated on February 1st and also involves weather prognostication, and to St. Swithun’s Day in July.
An early American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry dated Feb. 4, 1841 of Berks County, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris.
The 2nd was also known as Candlemas Day, the day on which according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six week nap. If the day is cloudy he remains out, as the weather is then said to be moderate.
In Scotland, the poem:
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.
An English poem:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
Obviously the groundhog in this picture is enjoying an early spring.
Historical & Groundhog Info Source-Wikipedia
Now you know more about Groundhog Day then you probably did before. I know I learned a few things researching this very old holiday.
In no time, spring will be here and that’s excellent news for me although the groundhogs forecasts are said to be, on average, inaccurate and that the groundhog has shown no talent for predicting the arrival of spring, especially in recent years. We can keep our fingers crossed.
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