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Friday, February 3, 2012

GROUNDHOG DAY


Yesterday was "Groundhog" day and just like many people I tuned into my radio while having my breakfast. A critter similar to this one was going to predict the weather. I'm not kidding there are thousands of people who will take time to go to witness this event. One of our close friend and his wife travel to  Gobbler's Knob,  near Pittsburgh  Pennsylvania  every year to experience this event. They spend the night there and  wake up wee hours in the morning to witness this little critters prediction. It's such a big event that organizer's  wear tuxedos and top hats. To think that this whole celebration started with a superstition is amazing. According to the legend if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on "Candlemas"  Holiday (it falls on February 2 in Christian calendar) there will be six weeks of  winter. With the mild weather we're having here I 'm afraid that "Phil's" predictions are not very accurate for us  but from what I read and see is that it has been a harsh winter in Europe so far. 
  Apparently this tradition started here in the United States in 1887 and it has never stopped but received more recognition after Bill Murray's "The Ground Hog Day" ( reporter who relived the day) just like our friends who went to Pennsylvania multiple times and watched that movie multiple times....   From what I understand other States hold similar ceremonies and every State has a big name for these critters. He is called Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, in New York he is Staten Island Chuck,  in West Virginia  he is French Creek Freddie, in Georgia he is General Beauregard Lee, in Michigan he is Woody the Woodchuck, in  Ohio he is  Buckeye Chuck.  In Ontario Canada  he is known as Wiarton Willie or in Nova Scotia  he is Shubenacadie Sam.  

Honestly, I will not travel anywhere to observe these critters' events.  I have a whole family of woodchucks  living under my tool shed and I call him "Chucky the Pestfamily".  They eat all my vegetables and flowers and procreate so that we're never out of a family of woodchucks in the neighborhood.  I'm considering whether or not to  hold a "shadow watching" meeting behind my shed next year and if so, you're all invited to show up at 5:00 AM behind my shed at the "Holey Hill"

15 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have never seen a ground hog but I am interested in your information in this post. I have learnt something today. Have a great weekend. Diane

Kay G. said...

Hey! Like you, I can't imagine going to see this but perhaps all the people make it festive.
I have a clip of "Groundhog Day" on my blog. It is a funny movie.

Librarian said...

People just want events, events, events these days; any excuse will do to create some sort of spectacle. While I am not against this "event culture" as such, I just don't like the hypes that are made out of every tiny thing, good or bad.
Speaking of harsh winter in Europe - you are right about that! Where I am, in the south of Germany, we are still OK in that for must of us, heating etc. works fine, but -16 Celsius (around 3F, according to the online converter) is certainly not my idea of pleasant temperatures :-)

Cuisine de Provence said...

How cute!

Una Semplice Passione said...

In fact, reading your post title I had to think immediately about the movie with Bill Murray! Indeed it is a harsh winter so far (since 1 week).

MARCO PASHA said...

Thank You Diane, have a wonderful week

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Diane, consider your self lucky. Ground hogs are very cute but very distructive for the garden.

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Cuisine de Provence, they are cute but destructive

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Kay G. I'll check it out. I thought it was a funny movie also, have a great day

MARCO PASHA said...

Una Semplice Passione, good luck with the cold weather. We had a harsh winter last year and so far the weather has been very mild.

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Librarian, wishing you warm days

Ivani said...

Marco adorei saber sobre as marmotas,só conheço em filmes e desejos animados rs
São destruidores mas muito lindos!!

ótima semana!
Beijos
Ivani

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Dear Ivani, yes they're cute but destructive. We can't hurt them we can only relocate them, however, they keep coming back. Funny isn't it.

VA DE PAN said...

I always learn a lot of things reading your great posts!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing!!!!

MARCO PASHA said...

Va De Pan Thank you for your kind comment