Saturday, February 2, 2008
Ground Hog Day 2008 ....
Feb. 2nd is an important day here in PA. It is GROUND HOG DAY! Punxatauny Phil, that infamous ground hog who has now gone internationally famous. People are camping out just to be there when 'Phil' comes out of his den and fortels the weather for the next few months. ... This ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. In olden times, many people used to say that the Christmas season lasted for forty days - until the second day of February which was called Candlemas's. They also thought it was the day that decided what sort of weather there would be for the rest of the winter. Hence - Ground Hog Day in the US.
People believe that Ground Hog Day predicted the weather for the rest of the winter. The weather proverbs express the idea that a fine bright sunny Ground Hog day means that there is more winter to come, whereas a cloudy wet stormy Ground Hog day means that the worst of winter is over.
Above link takes you to a video of this year's prediction of no shadow ...
The weather here in my neck of the woods has been awful ... low temps, snow, sleet, freezing rain, wind ... trees down, roads are bad, electric is out in someplaces and just good days to stay inside .... so I predict by my aching bones what the Hog predicts ... 6 more weeks of winter it will be!
So after the big event on TV, I got out my coffee pot and brewed up some Groundhog Brew!
So here's to the cold days ahead ... have a good one!
Blessings, Pam <><