Happy Groundhog Day from the Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Happy Groundhog Day. North America has been celebrating Groundhog Day today, with groundhogs across the continent predicting the spring weather with their movement and whether they have a shadow or not.

Groundhog being fed a peanut
Groundhog being fed a peanut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If they have a shadow then cold weather is supposed to last another six weeks; while if it’s cloudy and they have no shadow the spring will come early.

Groundhog Day Movie and the Greenygrey 

Cover of "Groundhog Day (15th Anniversary...
Cover via Amazon

Groundhog Day was made internationally famous in 1993 when a film was released with that name. It featured a character played by Bill Murray waking to the same day every day.

Days at the Greenygrey are like a cross between the traditional Groundhog Day and the film. Here are some of the similarities:

  • Both the Greenygrey and Groundhog Day start with G.
  • Animals are central to both.
  • Although the Greenygrey world must seem glamorous to humans, it can become repetitive focusing on greenygrey every day.
  • A groundhog predicts the weather on Groundhog Day, while the Greenygrey predicts a greenygrey day every day, although acknowledging that it gets it wrong sometimes (as the groundhogs do too of course).

    Imbolc (Photo credit: wirewiping)

The groundhog day tradition is thought to have been inspired by old pagan festivals such as Imbolc. So Happy Imbolc too.


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