Its roots are ancient Scots and from the craggy
weathered shadows comes the rhyme -
If Candlemas Day is
bright and clear,
there'll be two winters in the year.
Candlemas or Imolc (in the neopagan) is a
cross-quarter day or a day that falls halfway between the equinoxes and solstices.
Considering Imolc's six week stretch to the first day of spring, it's
easy to see where the groundhog day fun comes from. A common
burrow animal, inclement weather and the hope for a bright new spring,
and all the growth that comes with.
Pennsylvania is and likely will remain the
Official Groundhog Day Capital. The famous groundhog Punxatawney
Phil makes his home in a hollow stump there and is the official
groundhog of the United States. Each year, just like in the movie with
Bill Murray - Groundhog Day, media gather to report Phil's success with
an early spring, or the sighs finding out it's going to be a longer
winter. Even the president calls to find out Phil's results.