I'd like to be the first to wish everyone a very happy
Groundhog Day !!
May springtime smile upon us all very soon, regardless what the Punxatawney Whistlepig predicts.
FYI: My cousin is the Mayor of Punxatawney. Rich Alexander.
The online version of a Dutch newspaper had a headline this morning: "Groundhog Day: A Look at a Bizarre American Ceremony."
Sorry 6 more weeks of Winter
Gene, we've already had a little better than two weeks of spring - temps in the 50s in January ! Most years in this high mountain fastness we hope the critter DOES see his shadow, six more weeks of winter would be great, as opposed to the usual eight to ten weeks !
Groundhog Day???? It's Imbolc kiddies, Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau or Candlemas. However you read it, it's time to Parrrttyy!
Bloody stupid parser, can't even post a welsh word like Gwyl correctly with an ^ above the "w"...bugger...oh well, Happy Imbolc everybody!
Candlemas Day, the day which is halfway between the start of Winter and the first day of Spring. The old saying was:
"Half your wood
and half your hay
you should still have
on Candlemas Day"
There would be a church service (a Candle Mass) when thanks would be given for having made it thus far and for strength, courage, and the Lord's blessing and help to continue on to Spring. The gathering also provided the opportunity for the town's people to gather. The winter weather would often keep people on the farm and not getting out and about as often as they would during better weather. After the service, there would be a potluck dinner and folks could assess each others situation; some might be running a bit low on some supplies and others might have a surplus. People cared about each other back then and tried to help out when and where they could.
Martin..if you're posting from a cell phone, if you hold the "w" button down, the little symbol and others will pop up above, you just carefully slide your finger to the top of what you want and let go and it should produce the result you want.
On the computer in this posting box it doesn't work for some reason.