Ground Hog Day formerly pagan holiday

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  1. dianetavegia

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    Around the fifth century, the European Celts believed that animals had certain "supernatural" powers on special days that were half-way between the Winter Equinox and Spring Solstice (forty days after Christmas and forty days before Easter). Folklore from Germany and France indicated that when groundhogs and bears came out of their winter dens too early, they were frightened by their shadow and retreated back inside for four to six weeks.

    When Christianity came into being, the formerly pagan observance was called "Candlemas Day." In America, Candlemas Day became "Groundhog Day" to singularly honor the whiskery waddler. The current tradition calls for "Spring Just Around the Corner" if the groundhog does not see his shadow. However, look for "At Least Six More Weeks of Winter" if the groundhog spies his pudgy image!
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    Groundhogs are classed as mammals. Their order is Rodentia. They primarily eat healthy vegetables and salad items. They are nocturnal, sociable and "chatter" to those they know in fluent groundhogese. Groundhogs in the wild live only one year (approximately). A healthy groundhog consumes as much as three quarters of a pound of vegetables a day – equivalent to a 175 pound person eating 15 pounds of salad a day.

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  2. Alcott

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    Wow, and I only thought this was the day to eat a variety of sausages [ground hog].
     
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    Can you imagine! [​IMG]
    It's a Big To Do in our local public schools.

    Pass the fried eggs!

    Diane
     
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    I must have missed something.. is Ground Hog Day no longer a pagan holiday?
     
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    It is a fun day and nothing more..Lighten up and enjoy it...At least we do in Canada...Up Wiarton Willie! Oh, he will be wearing a fur coat tomorrow.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Exactly, Jim1999. Our Atlanta Groundhog is General Beauregard Lee, known as 'Beau' to his close friends.
     
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    Thanks, Diane! I have always wondered how we ever got a holiday like that. Another old world pagan root. Diane, is it just a legend that people in Pennsylvania barbecue ground hogs and eat them?
     

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