Thursday, February 2, 2012

CANDLEMAS DAY! What Will The Groundhog Prognosticate?

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your destination better if
You based your decisions upon truth and not upon myths

A CLOSER LOOK AT ANCIENT FOLK LORE, GROUND HOG DAY

WHAT DOES THE GROUND HOG PREDICT?
Well, that depends upon which groundhog you ask!

BUCKEYE CHUCK - Marion, Ohio
CHATTANOOGA CHUCK, Chattanooga, Tennessee
FRENCH CREEK CHUCK - French Creek, West Virginia
SMITH LAKE CHUCK, Graysville, Alabama
SHUBENACADIE SAM - Nova Scotia

Some 40,000 will gather in Panxsutawney, Pennsylvania, including the Governor, to hear PANXSUTAWNEY PHIL predict six more weeks of winter.  Other groundhogs around the nation will dispute Phil's prognostication.  None-the-less, it will be a day of celebration!  At Grundsow Lodges (groundhog lodges) fersommlinge (social event with food) g'spiel (plays or skits) will be enjoyed by one and all who will only speak Pennsylvania Dutch.  Anyone speaking English will be fined, usually a nickle. 

The origin of Groundhog Day is an ancient European folk lore where a badger or bear pronogsticates the weather.  Then, there is the pagan festival of IMBOLE, the seasonal turning point on the CELTIC calendar on February 1. 

On February 4, 1841 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris noted in his diary that "Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was CANDLESMAS DAY, the day on which the Germans believe the groundhog can predict the upcoming weather".  Groundhog Day is an old and well established tradition in America.  In 1993 there was even a movie by that name.  And, then there is this very old English poem:

As the light grows longer
the cold grows stronger
if CANDLEMAS be fair and bright
winter will have another flight
If CANDLEMAS be cloud and rain
winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on CANDLEMAS DAY
have half his corn and half his hay
On CANDLEMAS DAY if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop

Want my opinion?  Today it will be partly cloudy but mostly sunny, so you could go either way, but the high of 46 and the low of 30 makes me think that spring is coming, and I smile!  We have had a very mild winter, thus far, and for that I am indeed thankful!

LET THE RAINBOWS IN YOUR LIFE MAKE UP FOR THE ANGRY SKIES

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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