August 6, 2011 @ 12:30 AM

In my Feb. 2005 issue of KaTsZoNe, I wrote about Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day (Feb. 2), a North American tradition, where the belief that the groundhog can predict whether or not there will be 6 more weeks of bad weather (longer winter) is based on the old European tradition of Candlemas. If it was a sunny Candlemas, it was believed that there would be 6 more weeks of winter.  The Germans added the belief that if an animal (initially a hedgehog) was frightened by its shadow on Candlemas, it meant 6 more weeks of winter.  This belief was brought to America in the 18th century by German settlers who adopted the groundhog as a weather predictor.  I found some Groundhog Carols.  They are hilarious! (http://ourworld.......

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