Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day 2022!

Just in from Wiarton Willie!
Just in from Wiarton Willie!

(Apologies to anyone who follows Punxsutawney Phil. He had the wrong prediction today – so I’m sticking with Wiarton Willie!)

Everyday Lillie

Every February 2nd, North Americans (particularly in the colder parts) hear news broadcasts about the local groundhog’s weather forecast for the spring. The groundhog emerges from his hole in the ground, looks around and if he sees his shadow, winter will persist for 6 more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow because it’s cloudy outside – spring will come early. It doesn’t really seem to work around here, but I am always hoping for spring.

Goundhog on street sign
My local groundhog hanging on to a “Shared Pathway” sign last spring

Groundhog Day Origin

We think of Groundhog Day as North American, but we actually borrowed the tradition from Germany, where an animal predicts the weather/spring on Candlemas (February 2), and depending on the region, it may be a badger, a bear or even a fox.

My local groundhog crossing the pathway
My local groundhog crossing the pathway

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Groundhog eating peanut
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