Posts Tagged ‘Groundhog’

February Festivals

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A happy sequence of events, all signifying that we are now halfway through the winter: The First of February, Groundhog Day/Candlemas, and Setsubun. This means that, although there are still heaps of snow along every sidewalk and intersection, we can celebrate with crêpes, candle-making, watching one of our favorite movies, eating sushi rolls, and tossing beans into the garden. Happy February! Wishing you much joy and no demons!

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Anna

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Corinne

Jour de la Marmotte

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

That is, Groundhog Day.

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Roshan

CakeBalloons2Marius

Gridiron Groundhog

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

An unfortunate conjunction of events.

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Rise and Shine

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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I’m afraid this is where our family will be found tonight—snuggled up in our cozy burrow observing what has come to be an annual tradition.

For another picture of the groundhog at home, please see GroundhogCandlemas.

CakeSprinklesRoshan (“Bright Light”)

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Groundhog Candlemas

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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This is the day on which, according to tradition, the groundhog makes all his candles for the coming year. (When he has finished, he will stick his nose outside the burrow to check the weather.)

For another picture of the groundhog at home, please see Light Those Fires.

CakeSnowmanRoshan (“Bright Light”)

CakePolkaDotsMarius—born today!


A Dream of Spring

Friday, March 19th, 2010

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Light Those Fires

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Groundhog

Today we celebrate two festivals: Groundhog Day, at which time we learn, as the groundhog emerges from his burrow, whether or not the end of winter is near; and Candlemas, when, in the Christian church, the infant Jesus was presented for the first time in the Temple. Each is a festival of light in a season of darkness, ever-necessary even in a world of perpetual artificial illumination. (Probably more so.)

On this day, some people make the candles they will then store and use the following winter. Others make crêpes, a lovely round golden symbol of the coming sunshine (and if you can flip your crêpe without dropping it, you will supposedly have luck in the coming year). Some spend the evening entirely by candlelight, which really makes you think about the meaning of darkness, and the legacy of Thomas Edison. And some gather around the tv screen to watch Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, and laugh and feel hopeful all over again. In our family we have done each of the above. But not all the same year. Happy February 2nd, all.

CakeBalloonsRoshan (which means “Bright Light”)