Hello, my lovelies! Suze here, wishing you a very Happy Groundhog’s Day!
That Punxsutawney Phil. He’s so darned cute. You’ve seen the ceremonies on TV, right? Where a guy dressed in tails and top hat holds a big, fat, floppy groundhog named Phil up to the sky, then determines whether Phil can see his shadow? If the critter does, there are six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring is right around the corner (What does that mean? How good a prognosticator is he, really, if he won’t commit to a date?).
If, like me, you can’t make it to Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at 7:20 a.m. today (Drat! Next year for sure!), you can watch the festivities by clicking here.
If, also like me, you’re a nerd about things like learning the origin of folk traditions, you can read more about them here. For the non-nerds, or the non-link-clickers, Groundhog’s Day as we know it is based on ancient European traditions, but it’s a bear or badger who emerges from its winter lair (the groundhog a/k/a woodchuck or whistlepig) is a North American animal). It may go back even farther into Celtic times to the festival of Imbolc, a turning point of the Celtic calendar. I get my information from Wikipedia, peeps, so pagan experts out there feel free to correct me!
Groundhog’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Yup, I consider it a holiday, even though I have to work. Back in my single days, my housemates and I hosted a “Hog Day” party every February 2. Trust me, it was the social event of the season. Why did we choose Groundhog’s Day? Because it was undercelebrated, I guess, unless you live in Pennsylvania. We didn’t really need a reason.
So, what’s today’s Secret? Simple. You’ve been working really, really hard. I know I have. Stop at the bakery and bring home a cake for your family (or, gasp! just for yourself. Then you can get the kind you like). If you’re so inclined, have a glass of champagne or something else fizzy. If you’ve got party hats and noisemakers left over from New Year’s, now’s the time to bring them out. Click here to get yourself in the mood. Dancing? Why not? Spring’s coming, you’re alive, and that’s reason enough to celebrate.
What about you? Have you ever celebrated for no reason? What’s your favorite silly holiday? If you miss Groundhog’s Day, National Pig Day is coming up on March 1. And do you call it a groundhog, woodchuck, whistlepig, or something else (roadkill, or destructive garden-munching rodent)?