February 2, 2007
We have had one of the worst winters in many years.
Everyone has talked about the unbelievable wind, rain, and snow. Now, after
the darkest days of winter, we wish for spring sun and flowers.
The big question is will spring come before the equinox?
For many years people have watched small hibernating animals to see if they
wake up early. This in an indication that spring will be early. Groundhog
Day originated from this idea.
Groundhog Day is just around the corner. What will the
groundhog see when he pops his head out? Shadow or no shadow? Will winter
end soon or it will it drag on for another six weeks?
What can we do to celebrate this day and my number one
pressing question: why did we start looking to a groundhog to answer our
weather questions? Let's take a look at this holiday!
Legend said that if this day was fair
(sunny), then the second-half of winter would be stormy. In their native
land of Germany, the Germans looked at a badger to see if they could see his
shadow. When they settled in North America in Pennsylvania, the local
Indians had a great respect for groundhogs so they substituted a groundhog
for the badger.
And as they say, the rest is history so
now every February 2, everyone looks to a small town in Pennsylvania for a
Groundhog Day Rule With the Groundhog Seeing His Shadow
If the groundhog sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of winter.
If the groundhog does not see his shadow, winter will end soon.
Learn more about groundhogs
Learn more about Groundhog Day.
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