According to the legend, on groundhog day, February 2nd, if the groundhog comes out of hibernation and sees its shadow, then winter will last another 6 weeks.
Did they use a badger or a hedgehog instead of a groundhog on Groundhog's Day in Europe?
Europeans do not have an equivalent of Groundhog Day. In Canada and the US, Ground Hog Day is a silly annual festival, held in late winter, to 'predict" how soon Spring will come to the area, Groundhog Day in the US (as seen in the Bill Murray film) is 2nd February. Early in the morning, of the " Day ", a tame Ground Hog, is observed, to see if there is enough daylight for him " to see his shadow ". The result means either 6 more weeks of winter weather, or a earlier than normal spring thaw of the lakes and rivers, which are frozen in winter in Canada. A number of towns hold such a "Ground Hog Festival" as a tourist boost for the town. Some attract huge crowds, as much as 25,000 people to a town with a normal population of 5,000. The Day is allways held on a week end to get maximum attendance, and TV stations all ways send a camera crew to do a "live remote shoot". It is all in fun, and nobody takes it seriously at all. Pre-Christian Celts observed solar cycles halfway between each solstice and equinox; these are called Quarter Days. On Quarter Days, the "veil" between this world and the Otherworld or spirit world is thinnest. This is the best time to see into the future, with the aid of the spirits. On Samhuin (now Halloween) one dresses as a ghoul so that spirits intent on mischief would mistake you for one of their own and pass by. Groundhog day corresponds to Imbolc, therefore it has the prognostication aspect. Hedgehogs are "used" in Britain. Don't pick one up - they're loaded with fleas. The underlying principle behind Groundhog Day in North America was almost certainly brought over by settlers from western Europe. Both in England and Scotland there are old weather sayings about the same date (2 February) which is celebrated in many Christian traditions as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the popular name for which is Candlemas. All these sayings are similar; one example is: "If Candlemas Day be fair and bright Winter will have another fight; But if Candlemas Day brings clouds and rain, Winter's gone and won't come again." The principle behind the rhyme is this: in NW Europe (including the British Isles), sunny weather in early February is normally associated with anticyclonic weather, which often persists for long periods and brings long periods of cold, frosty weather. Cloudy, rainy weather is usually associated with depressions coming in from the Atlantic and the weather is consequently less cold, snow and frost appearing only briefly, if at all. The important thing is that by early February the weather is normally set in a pattern in that one or other of the above types tends to persist, usually for several weeks.
What does it mean if the Groundhog sees his shadow on February 2nd?
Tradition holds that if the groundhog sees his shadow, we'll have six more weeks of winter. If he does not, we will have an early spring (in about a month and a half). The answer above says that it will be a month and a half i he doesnt see his shadow, or six weeks if he does. Six weeks and a month and a half are the same amount of tie.
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What is the name of the famous groundhog that predicts the weather on Groundhog Day?
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What is the name of the groundhog featured on Groundhog Day in Columbus Ohio?
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What does it mean if the Groundhog doesn't see his shadow on February 2nd?
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How did the Groundhog Day myth get started?
Around the fifth century, the European Celts believed that animals had supernatural powers at certain times of the year. Folklore from Europe indicated that animals, such as bears and groundhogs, if they came out of hibernation too early; would be frightened by their shadow and retreat back inside for four to six weeks.
Are modern day channellers con artists?
See the Related Links for "Chanelling" to the bottom for the answer. I don't really think so. The responsibility is still ours to prove the validity of any information we take in by checking it out through our experiences. I suspect that most channellers have the intention to aid others in what they are doing. I don't personally know any. The wisest man I ever met warned that, just because someone is not currently in the physical doesn't mean that they know any more than you do. He was probably one of the most highly developed on this planet. Depends. Most who participate in these occult practices are authentic, however, it is the source of their power that is in question, not the validity. Some are out for money. Some are merely deceived into channeling demons not dead people.
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What is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is a North American holiday where many believe that if a groundhog sees his shadow, winter will continue longer, and if it doesn't, that we'll have an early spring. The most well known celebration of Groundhog Day happens in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where crowds wait for Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog to leave his burrow and predict the weather. Of the 121 years of the tradition, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times, not seen his shadow 15 times, and 9 years were unaccounted for. For more information about Groundhog Day, please see the related link below.