Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day - NEWS FLASH UPDATES!!!

Hello my raviolis.  It is February 2nd and that means it is Groundhog Day. 

It is a holiday that is held in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end.
If, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. 

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where as many as 40,000 people gather to celebrate the holiday since 1886.  That groundhog is known as Punxsutawney Phil (Where's Phil?)

Here's Phil!!!
NEWSFLASH - Phil "did" see his shadow so Phil is predicting another 6 weeks of winter.

When Grandma-ma lived near Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, they also had a big Groundhog Day celebration.

The Quarryville groundhog, Octoraro Orphie, predicted early spring last year. 
I hope we get another early spring too. 
NEWSFLASH - Octoraro "did NOT" see his shadow so Octoraro is predicting an early spring!!!

In Atlanta, we have General Beauregard Lee, the proud groundhog of the south.  He always roots for the Atlanta Braves.
NEWSFLASH - General Lee "did NOT" see his shadow so General Lee is predicting an early spring!!!

Here is a coloring page of a Groundhog.
If you CLICK HERE you can print out a bigger picture of this groundhog to color for groundhog day.  I love you my raviolis, so let's go outside and check and see if we can see our own shadows (or not) just like the groundhog.  Hugs and groundhog kisses to you all. Grandma-ma

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