Monday, February 2, 2009

where's my shadow?

It's time for your favorite holiday, Groundhog Day! So exciting. Is it really you ask? The day usually passes by each year without me even noticing it. But this year, there seems to be notes popping up in all of these places. I figure it must be some sort of sign from my friends in nature, aka Mother Nature, or a sneaky marketing campaign. Could it be that Hallmark is exploring the excitement of the day and may want to turn it into a card giving, present giving celebration?

Let's take a look at the day, the celebrations and as always in my fashion, some related or loosely related information.

Groundhog Day (French: Jour de la marmotte) is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada on which if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The holiday also bears some similarities to the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas. It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic year, which is celebrated on February 1 and also involves weather prognostication.

the horror
a famous club
the cupcake
an angry groundhog
getting all excited
the galactic groundhog

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