Bryde did a great post in celebration of Imbolc, which is today, so I'll do one for Groundhog Day, which is tomorrow.
From Wikipedia: "Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States, Canada and parts of Australia (particularly in South Australian, in the region in and around the capital city of Adelaide) on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox.
In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks."
Here in the States, the official groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil, from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Here's the official website: http://www.groundhog.org/ He'll come out of his burrow at Gobbler's Knob tomorrow to make his prediction.
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800's and the first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
Isn't he cute?
Punxsutawney is in Western Pennsylvania, but Gobbler's Knob is in Central PA.
This is a stuffed toy of Phil (yes, Brian, I want one). As for me, it's been a rough winter in the Pacific Northwest, so I wouldn't mind if Ol' Phil didn't see his shadow. However, now that we have the generator ready to go, I also wouldn't mind at least one really good storm!