Did you know that the first official Groundhog Day in the US was celebrated in 1887? The holiday is celebrated on February 2nd. According to folklore, if a groundhog does not see its shadow, spring will come early; if it does see its shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks. There are similar traditions elsewhere in the world, but they involve other animals such as bears, badgers, or other animals that hibernate. Although it is a fun tradition, weather data show that the groundhogs do not accurately predict whether winter will end early or late.
We predict that you’ll have a great day at school. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
Candlemas occurs 40 days after Christmas, on February 2. There are some poems related to weather lore that may have influenced Groundhog Day:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings cloud and rain,
Winter will not come again.
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.
Click here for the poem we traditionally recite in our family.