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Happy Groundhog Day
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replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: February 2nd, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
So tell us, why is Groundhog Day your favorite holiday?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 2nd, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is an excellent question. I like Groundhog Day because of its basic silliness and ridiculousness. It's all about staring at a grumpy rodent, expecting it to predict the future! (Really no stranger than asking a weathermanperson to do so though....)

There is no religion or country or philosophy that its based on; it's something that can be embraced by everyone. Also (aside from in Punxsutawney) it is one of the least commercialized holidays out there! There are no gifts to buy, meals to make, cards to send. No obligations or expectations, no stress -- just good clean fun.

Besides, not many people list groundhog day as their favorite holiday. I like to be different. *grin*
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 2nd, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its actually the pagan holiday Imbolc based on the fact we are half way through winter.

It became the Christian holiday of Candlemas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candlemas

Its an early spring for those of us in Ontario thanks to Wiarton Willie!
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: February 2nd, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I already posted about that, but does she ever listen?

*throws head back and strikes angsty, martyr-like pose*

:P
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 2nd, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
While the day may have been born from other roots, it is not NOW associated with any religion. Groundhogs have nothing to do with goddesses, they are just sleepy grumpy rodents with (or without) shadows!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 2nd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always like to look at the history of a thing.

The why of it.

Why February 2?

Why ground hogs?

Don't forget to watch the movie!
mistrtoad From: mistrtoad Date: February 3rd, 2005 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
The German Candlemas tradition was hedgehogs. We don't have hedgehogs. I guess we should be thankful that the good Pennsylvania Germans didn't use possums instead.

I guess the question becomes "why a hedgehog?" I dunno.

I lived in western Pennsylvania, about 70 miles from Punxutawney, when the movie was made. It was a quaint regional thing before the movie; it's been a mob scene since.
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