Friday, February 02, 2007

About talented "squirrels", Groundhod Day!

Let's go back to the description of Canadian Traditions... today is the Groundhog Day! Yeeeey!

What? You don't know what a Groundhog is? neither did I.... :) A The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, or whistlepig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

Groundhog Day or Groundhog's Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the USA and Canada on February 2nd. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the 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. But don't worry... this year the Groundhog (Phil) did not see it's shadow...so winter will soon be over (what????? no more skating in the canal???)

For more info on the Groundhog Day and its originis (which apparently come from Europe) check wikipedia , for some pictures of this year Grandhog Day check the Globe and Mail
and for some Tourist info for this year's Grandhog Day...check this link :)

2 Comments:

At 4:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Chiara,
It's great that you are updating now ;)Hope you have fun! Julia

 
At 9:59 AM , Blogger Chiara's wonderful world said...

Hey Julia!!!

How nice to read your comment,
Thanks for coming to check up my blog.

Let me know how everything goes with you and your decisions for the future.
Big Hugs!
Chiara

 

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