Bear Day is celebrated by other Europeans in Romania on February 2, the same day as Groundhog Day, marked in parts of the United States and Canada. Both elements of the weather forecast for the next period are common.
“The change of seasons indicated by the disappearance of the bear in winter and its sudden appearance in the spring is probably due to the presence of oracle animals, as well as the vision and time orientation”, which is “Romanian Vacations and Customs” (Ian Kinoyu, Edithura Alien, 2002).
Bear Day is celebrated on the same date by most Europeans. According to the works mentioned above, the bear had a special calendar role in the northern population, with the moon disappearing with the arrival of winter and reappearing in the spring.
The bear’s shadow announces how long the winter will last
It is said that at Bear’s Day, in the Strattoni, and at the Lord’s reception at the Christian calendar, the bear comes out of the cave and sees its shadow. According to tradition, he sees his shadow in the snow. If it is cold or foggy and he cannot see the shade, he breaks his lie, plays a game, goes to the river and drinks a mouthful of water, and does his business in the woods.
If the weather is nice and sunny and you see its shade in the snow, re-enter the cave because winter will last another 40 days. Just as Baba Tochia is responsible for the changing days of the early days of spring, people associate bear behavior with capricious weather in late winter. It is also believed that the weather is favorable for meteorological and meteorological observations on this day. Farmers will know what the weather will be like after the bear walks, and can predict the optimal time of year for crops.
Lord’s Welcome and Groundhog Day Feast
The Lord’s Supper (Candles) In Christianity believers appear to go to church with candles for blessing and then take them home to protect their home in the winter. A popular belief involving the presence of an animal in tradition may have originated in Germany, reminiscent of that site www.timeanddate.com.
According to German folklore, if the badger (or hedgehog, according to other sources) finds its shadow on Candlemas Day, “a second winter or another six weeks of bad weather” will follow. In what is now Pennsylvania, Germany, the Germans would have taken this tradition to the United States. Since there were no badgers there, another sleeping animal was chosen. Thus, Marmot Day came www.groundhog.org.
The first celebration was recorded in a local newspaper in 1886, on Groundhawk Day in Punksutown. Currently, Groundhog Day is cited as an opportunity to take things seriously to forget the monopoly of winter. The world’s most famous groundhog, Bill, predicts when winter will end: if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring begins to settle.
Groundhawk is expected to find the weather forecast
The Groundhawk is expected to detect the weather forecast for hundreds of people each year. The ritual is the same every year: the fat rodent wakes up on the morning of February 2, struck by cameras and spotlights, amid cheers and applause. Members of a group vowing to support the grand tradition of Marmot Day, wearing a tailcoat, white shirt, work and bow tie, raise the bill and announce his prediction. The Groundhawk Club plays an important role in organizing this day, with the Groundhock members taking care of the club during the year.
Groundhog Day has become a popular holiday in many American cities. The holiday season has been growing since 1966, when it began airing live on television. “Groundhawk Day”, released in 1993 and starring actor Bill Murray, is world famous in the American city of Punksudavni.