Is Groundhog Day inane? I contend this attitude prevails only if you take it literally. But is it really just about Punxsutawney Phil predicting 6 more weeks of winter? The origin of Groundhog Day is more complex than that. I argue it's the "looking-ahead holiday" and that its popularity is due to the fact that it gives the winter-weary hope that the spring equinox is imminent. You see, the date for Groundhog Day was not chosen arbitrarily: On February 2, we're exactly halfway to spring!
Some gardening enthusiasts mark this milestone by watching the Groundhog Day movie. How about you: What is Groundhog Day to you?Rip It or Rave About It!
- I think it is nice to have Groundhog Day, so that we know that spring is coming soon.
- —Guest Souksady Kayalath
Halfway to Spring
- Spring always comes, but it's a pleasure to know we are halfway there.
Groundhog Day a Fun Celebration
- I think Groundhog Day is fun. I've been watching for years and enjoy it.
- —Guest PHYLLIS
- I really do think that everyone including me is very glad to be able to witness such an event -- whether or not it sees its shadow!
- —Guest antonio wright
- Those of you who are saying to lighten up are the ones who need to lighten up. Nobody said it was "stupid". Nothing in the story was "negative". If facts bother you, Prozac may help.
- —Guest Tac
Phil Is a Rill
- Hooey! But fun to consider.... Plus groundhogs are cute little fat creatures!
- —Guest Doty
No Shadow Equals Early Spring
- When I was in Hunt Primary, I used hear the Groundhog saw his shadow (or he didn't), but nobody ever explained it to me (or I didn't pay attention -- ha!). But now I just figured it out -- what it means -- thanks for that. Groundhog Day to me is a tradition -- and also a certified day on the calendar.
- —Guest Romanique
I Look Forward to Groundhog Day
- That's the day that I look forward to the groundhog (not) seeing his shadow. Then I know spring is coming, meaning warmer weather for us.
- —Guest Irene
Different Strokes for Different Folks
- Groundhog Day is hope for some people and hooey for others. Whatever floats your boat.
- —Guest Penny
Let the Light-Heartedness Thrive
- I grew up in Ohio and always loved the excitment of Groundhog Day. Shadow or no shadow--people felt enthusiasm and the coming zest for "new life." To find something wrong about such a celebration of neighbors having a fun time together is a very "negative" existence. Lighten Up!
- —Guest Kathie
Love Ground Hog Day
- My husband was born on Ground Hog day and we celebrate every year with signs and some of the songs available online. It's a wonderful holiday!
- —Guest Doehring
I Like Groundhog Day
- I like Groundhog Day and always hope he sees his shadow. I don't put a lot into it, but it is fun to see what he says and then in approximately 6 weeks spring comes either way.
- —Guest Ilene
Good Old Fashioned Fun
- Ground Hog Day is like a sign that spring is around the corner. Not only that, you have to admit Punxsutawney Phil's a looker. What's wrong with fun anyway? I say go for it; don't take yourself too seriously (nobody else does). May Punxsutawney Phil continue to add a bit of joy to our lives!
- Our Ohio groundhog, Buckeye Chuck, also didn't see his shadow when he ventured out for awhile; so he and Phil agreed!
- —Guest Judy Peterson
Always a Shadow on Groundhog Day?
- Hi I live in Kenya where there is sunshine 365 days and no day like "groundhog day". Having a traditional day to do something fun and exciting would be nice, so for those in that area enjoy. Am happy to share the sun with you, check out www.kenya-golf-safaris.com.
- —Guest sarah