February 2 is Ground Hog Day. Ground Hog Day is a popular observance in the United States and Canada.
According to tradition, if February 2 is clear and the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its den, it becomes frightened and recedes back for another six weeks signaling the persistence of winter for six more weeks. If February 2 is cloudy, the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, and winter is over for the year.
It is part of a large body of weather lore, but studies have found no consistent correlation between the weather on February 2 and the arrival of spring-like weather.
February 2 is also Candlemass or the day Jesus was presented in the temple. Many churches bless the candles that are to be used the upcoming year symbolizing Jesus, the Light of the World. It is 40 days after December 25 and the end of the Christmas season.
German, French, and English weather lore rhymes say that if Candlemass fair, winter will be prolonged.
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright Winter will have another fight
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain Winter won’t come again”
Groundhog Day is celebrated in perpetuity in the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.
If you want to watch the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club celebration, you can do it virtually through this link.