3734Re: Happy Groundhogs Day!
- Feb 2, 2002--- In Yuricon@y..., Trixterpriest@a... wrote:
> Happy little critter day ;p Anyone know if he saw his shadow todayor not?
>I don't know about the groundhog. However, groundhog's day is based
> *does a little groundhog dance*
off of weather divination performed for Imbolc (also 2 Feb) in pre-
Christian Europe. Usually it simply was that if you had
cloudy/stormy weather on Imbolc, spring was soon to come, but if it
was a fair day, there would be 12 more snows before spring. In
Central Europe, they modified this to include an animal, the
hedgehog, in the weather divination. When German immigrants come to
Pennsylvania (the "Pennsylvania Dutch"), they brought the tradition
with them, but there were no hedgehogs in the "New World". They
adapted the tradition to the native animal most resembling a
hedgehog; the groundhog (or woodchuck).
Divination was practiced on all of the cross-quarter days in pre-
Christian Europe, and weather divination was associated with Imbolc
because the people wanted to know when winter would be ending, and
the planting season could begin.
Sorry about getting to off-topic. Just had to share the things that
I learned yesterday. :)
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