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Today Is Groundhog Day In America and Canada

I had never heard of Groundhog day except the film which Bill Murray stared in.  But Groundhog day is on the 2nd February and has been celebrated since 1887.

The celebration of Groundhog Day arrived in America along with immigrants from Great Britain and Germany. The tradition can be traced to early Christians in Europe, when a hedgehog was said to look for his shadow on Candlemas Day.

This U.S. and Canadian tradition is on February 2 every year. It has its roots in astronomy, in the sense that it’s a seasonal festival, tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. In the U.S. and Canada, they call it Groundhog Day – a great excuse to go outside and enjoy some revelry during the winter months.

It is said that on Groundhog Day, February 2, a groundhog can forecast the weather by looking for his shadow. If it’s sunny out, and he sees it, they are in for six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day is supposed to forecast an early spring.

The National Geographic Society once studied the groundhog and found him right only one out of every three times. But what does it matter? It’s all in good fun.

It is also said that Christmas decorations still up after Groundhog day is bad luck!!

An old English say was “If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight. But if it be dark with clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again”.

So let’s hope it rains today then winter will be over!

Information taken from Earth Sky



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