Happy Groundhog Day!
If it’s February 2, it must be Groundhog Day. So will he or won’t he see his shadow?
The popular belief is if he sees his shadow, there are six more weeks of winter. If not, spring is around the corner. But, if you stop and think about it, spring doesn’t arrive until March 19 in 2020.
Isn’t that six weeks away?
Take a look at the calendar.
When you see it this way, it’s clear no matter how you cut it, whether “Woody” sees his shadow or not, there is a six-week span between February 2nd and the first day of spring.
Some areas celebrate with great pomp and circumstance with men in top hats and tails extracting the wee rodent from his cage.
Groundhog day dates back to 1887. You can read the origins here.
In addition, February 2nd is also Candlemas, a Christian holiday.
I’m not quite sure how the two came to be linked since they really don’t have anything in common except for the date.
Whether you celebrate the day with “Woody” and the anticipation of him seeing his shadow, or take part in a religious ceremony, enjoy your day.
May spring be just around the corner. 🙂