Scottish Cusine With Susan forum: What does Groundhog Day and Candlemas day have in common?

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ImageTallulah_B
Feb 2, 2012 7:34 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
This is a Scottish poem about Candlemas Day: (Feb 2nd) which is the same day as Groundhog Day
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As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and snow
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop



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Feb 2, 2012 7:52 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day_...

In its earliest incarnation, Groundhog Day was Imbolc, a pagan celebration associated with fertility and weather divination. The word, Imbolc is Gaelic, the language of the Celts. There is a strong association between Imbolc and Brigid, a Celtic fertility goddess. When the pagan holidays were transformed into Catholic equivalents, two new holidays emerged from Imbolc. One, Saint Brigid's Day (a.k.a. Saint Bridget's Day), was celebrated on February 1. Saint Brigid's Day honored an Irish saint, named after the Celtic goddess, who was a contemporary of Saint Patrick's.

The second holiday deriving from Imbolc was Candlemas Day and was celebrated on February 2 (Groundhog Day). Candlemas was the feast of Mary's purification and was marked by a candle procession. The ties between purification rituals and the month of February also hark back to the pagan era. Indeed, our very word, "February," which derives from Latin, unmistakably designates the month as a time for purification (februa means "expiatory offerings"). The Lupercalia, a pagan Roman purification ritual, took place in February.

But how did a groundhog become the symbol for a holiday that was marked by a candle procession? Well, the Romans, for instance, had celebrated a rough equivalent to our Groundhog Day in early February -- only a hedgehog was in charge of the weather divination, not a groundhog. And such beliefs survived the Christianization of Europe (going "underground," if you will), attaching themselves to Candlemas Day as folklore. European settlers in North America kept the pagan tradition alive, but substituted the native groundhog for the European hedgehog. Clearly, Imbolc and the older traditions have won out: today in North America, almost everyone in the general public has heard of "Groundhog Day," while mention of "Candlemas Day" would generally draw expressions of puzzlement!

Most people have now distanced themselves from fertility rites, purification rituals and weather divination (well, except for meteorologists, perhaps!). Nonetheless, on some level, don't we still intuitively associate fertility and purification with spring? Nor can we help but spend our winters speculating on spring's arrival. If hope had a scent, it would be the smell in the air on a warm February day. On Page 5 we move from its origins in Imbolc, St. Brigid's Day and Candlemas Day to the modern significance of Groundhog Day....

Very lengthy so you might want to check out the source for the rest of the story....
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
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Feb 3, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Thanks so much for this, Dorothy! Yes, Candleman had me puzzled when I heard of it........ but now I know!
Appreciate your input. Thumbs up

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ImageLaVonne
Feb 3, 2012 4:28 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Any time Susan
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
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Feb 10, 2012 9:42 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Cute poem, Susan.

I never forget Groundhog's Day because it is my birth day.
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ImageTallulah_B
Feb 10, 2012 6:40 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Yeah, just wish the pic turned out better Whistling

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Feb 10, 2012 7:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
You can send it to me and I can fix that.
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ImageTallulah_B
Feb 10, 2012 11:17 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
I figured out how to fix the picture - much better, eh?

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ImageLaVonne
Feb 10, 2012 11:46 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

oh yes, much better.
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http://cubits.org/Diabetes/
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageTallulah_B
Feb 11, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Big Grin

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Feb 14, 2012 3:21 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
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Hurray!
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