Here in Canada Groundhog Day is watched with interest … given the length and severity of our Winters (the US always blame us when they get cold weather “blowing in from Canada”) we want ANY sign that there may be a reprieve earlier rather than later!
Groundhog Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd. According to the legend of Groundhog Day, the groundhog emerges from his winter hibernation. If the day is sunny, the groundhog will see his shadow and be frightened by it and he will return to his hole to sleep for six more weeks, which means we must suffer with an extended winter. If it is cloudy, he won’t receive the sleep-inducing fright and we will be due for an early spring.
In northern Europe they have a similar tradition in which snow and overcast skies signal an early end to winter on a day called Candlemas Day which is also on February 2nd. In some areas this marks the beginning of spring planting.
Fingers crossed for a cloudy day … no shadows!!!