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Groundhog Day

February, a form

Pale-vestured, wildly fair-

One of the North Winds daughters,

With icicles in her hair.

Edgar Fawcett1847-1904

American poet

February has arrived.  And with it comes Groundhog day.  Groundhog Day is celebrated at 6 AM at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, every year on this date.  So, what did old Punxy Phil see this morning?  His shadow!  Which means 6 more weeks of winter. This all makes no difference, as winter will leave when it is ready and Spring will come soon after.

Folklore says

“no matter how you measure,

its 6 more weeks of winter weather.”

But Groundhog Day makes a nice excuse to party in the middle of winter.  (But whoever wants to party outside in this frigid weather is a mystery to me!)

This date is also known as Candlemas, a traditional Christian day of lighting of candles.

This date is also known as cross-quarter day, the midway point between the winter solstice (shortest  day of the year), in December and the vernal equinox (equal daylight and nighttime) in March.  Thankfully the light is lengthening every day.

The setting of the sun gets later and later each day-by the end of

February the sun will set at 6:12,

March at 7:50,

April at 8:25,

May at 8:57

and by June, 9:08

I am looking forward to the returning of the sun!


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