Jan 15, 2016

if the day is cloudy

Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil predicting winter's future.
Groundhog Day 2016
February 2 at Gobbler's Knob in the Pennsylvania 

Groundhog Day: Theo truyền thuyết dân gian, vào ngày 2 tháng Hai,
con chuột đất ngoi lên nhìn, nếu trời có nhiều mây thì mùa xuân sẽ đến sớm. Nếu trời có nắng nhìn thấy bóng nó, nghĩa là vẫn còn mùa đông kéo dài

According to an old English song:                        

If Candlemas be fair and bright, 
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.