|GroundHog Day |
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania 2005
Yesterday was Groundhog Day and in our area, the sun shone brightly, so we will see six more weeks of winter weather. Since I’m in Texas our winters are usually not that bad and this year we’ve been very lucky. So far, knock on wood, no snow or ice.
But how did this custom get started? According to Wikipedia, a diary entry dated February 4, 1841 is the first documented American recording of this German custom.
In Scotland, the Poem:
If Candle-mas Day is bright and clear,
If Candle mas be fair and bright,Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
Here in the United States, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the where the biggest celebration of Groundhog Day occurs with Punxsutawney Phil the celebrity groundhog. Crowds as large as 40,000 people have gathered to celebrate this holiday with food, speeches, and plays. At Grundsow Lodge, the holiday is celebrated with only the Pennsylvania German dialect spoken at the event. If you speak English, you pay a penalty for each word spoken.
If you’ve not seen the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot, I highly recommend that you rent it. Poor Bill Murray is trapped in a time loop and every morning when he wakes up its Groundhog Day all over again. It’s a film that will remind you of what’s important and how we can become trapped by our priorities.
Look for Sylvia's latest release on February 13, Dangerous, book 3 in the Lipstick and Lead Series.
Information and pictures retrieved from Wikipedia. Movie Poster owned by Columbia Pictures.