Groundhog Day

Yeah, so we live in Pennsylvania, and the half of us think this is such a stupid thing…though it makes one wonder how a day, which is not a holiday that celebrates a country’s liberation, a religious saint, a religious holiday, a famous person who changed world, nor a President, could actually exist…and honor a rodent no less….but here we have it in western PA, Groundhog Day.

I’m not sure if this is a nationwide celebration, or if anyone from other parts of the world know of this holiday…strange. Perhaps Katie can let us know if you guys down under have ever heard of this furball, Punxsatawny Phil.  These top-hatted dudes get up way before sunrise in Punxsatawny, Pa,  and hoist the sad little creature from his well cared for domain (meaning cage) and see if he sees his shadow.  How does one know if the rodents sees his shadow?  It is a mystery, a mysterious mystery that only handler John Griffiths is keen to I’m sure. I’ve heard that the 14 members of Phil’s club are the ones that decide our mysterious fate.  If the rodent see his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter, if not, an early spring is forecast.

This Pa tradition is based on an old German superstition that if a hibernating animal comes out on Feb. 2, a holiday called Candlemas, and sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Well, today, February 2, 2011, Phil officially did not see his shadow, which could be due to the rain, sleet, and snow, and constant cloud cover we are experiencing today due to that double wammy storm.  Very mysterious….

In any case, I love animals in general, and even though I call him a rodent, I think he’s darn cute.  I think these stupid top-hatted guys are pretty cool anyway, and admire the tradition, strange though it is, which is perhaps why I admire it, and all those people who fight the cold and weather and come out in wee hours of the morning on this one day a year, without liquor mind you, it’s a dry celebration by law, and see Phil make his appearance.  What can I say? I love the weird in Pa.

And, this means we get spring in a few weeks!!

Ah, fat chance people….

Love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Very funny, and brought fame to this strange little sort of kinda almost holiday.

Peace…and Happy Groundhog Day.

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3 thoughts on “Groundhog Day

  1. Love the Punx….but in Michigan we just shrug and expect more winter. So he threw us a curve ball today eh? Hmmmm

    It’s snowing BIG time here today….hunkering down, which I love…bring on the hot chocolate and some books. =)

    Cheers from under a pile of snow…..

    Love, Lis

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  2. Wow, this is the strangest thing I have ever heard of. And no I didn’t know of it till reading this. One of the public holidays we have is on the 26th of Jan, Australia Day. Basically, Australian’s are very patriotic and they feel the need to celebrate the day that Captain Cook first landed in Australia. This day then marks the attempted genocide of the Indigenous population, and the ineffective outbreeding programs that were established. I don’t think that it is right to celebrate Australia Day for all the above reasons, but most are unaware of the facts.

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  3. Good Lord, I hope Phil is right. Enough winter already! I couldn’t even get into work yesterday, our road was blocked off because of the ice storm. It took me 35 minutes to get my damn car scraped off this morning, and I broke the scraper!

    Love you,

    SB

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