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(Feb.02) Today we're celebrating. . . Groundhog Day

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Groundhog Day
Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow today there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If not, and we’re lucky, it’ll be an early spring.

…the European Celts believed that animals had certain supernatural powers on special days that were half-way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Folklore from Germany and France indicated that when marmots and bears came out of their winter dens too early, they were frightened by their shadow and retreated back inside for four to six weeks*…

Another possible inspiration for Groundhog Day was the Roman celebration of Hedgehog Day. A day in which Romans believed a hedgehog seeing its shadow would also forecast 6 more weeks of winter.

Famous US groundhogs: Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck, Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam and General Beauregard Lee

Predictions for 2007:
As of this morning (Feb.02) most of the “famous” groundhogs have predicted an early spring (YEAH!)

*source: wikipedia: Groundhog Day


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(Feb.02) Today we're Also celebrating…

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

There is a lot going on with Daily Holidays today. And aside from Groundhog Day, we’re also celebrating…

National War Red Day
Wear red today to bring attention to the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” educational campaign to bring greater awareness to cardiovascular disease among women. 

Candlemas (Roman Catholic)
Imbolic (Wiccan)
Self-Renewal Day

and of course its Holidaymom’s birthday!

Happy Birthday Mom! :)


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