Groundhog Day! Candlemas! It’s the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
February 2nd. Every year. A cusp: winter to spring. Winter is coming; spring is coming.
Ask a rodent. Light a candle. Spring will come either way, thank goodness.
Happy Groundhog Day.
“Okay, campers, rise and shine. And don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cold outside.” Groundhog Day, 1993
“The hedge-rows cast a shallow shade / Upon the frozen grass, / But skies at evening song are soft, / And comes the Candlemas. / Each day a little later now / Lingers the westering sun; / Far out of sight the miracles / Of April are begun. / O barren bough! O frozen field! / Hopeless ye wait no more. / Life keeps her dearest / promises— / The Spring is at the door!” — Arthur Ketchum, The Atlantic Monthly, February 1904
Links: (1.) What is Candlemas? (2.) History of Groundhog Day (3.) Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Purification of Mary (4.) Wikipedia explains everything about what a groundhog is.