Daily Thought – February 3

Yesterday, in my part of the world, was Groundhog Day. I am not sure if this is just a North American thing or not – but I must say it is one of the odder things we have here.

Groundhog Day occurs on February 2 every year and coincides with astronomy’s cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox. “

Why are we relying on a groundhog to tell us what the winter will be like? Do people really believe this? I would hope not, but in pre-Covid times, it would be a big celebration each February 2nd. Seems like a silly tradition, but I am sure most countries have traditions that seem strange or silly too!

One great thing about travelling is you get to witness some of these traditions. For example, the bashing in of the carp’s head on the street corner for Christmas Eve dinner in Czech Republic – that’s probably the most bizarre one I’ve seen! First, who wants to eat carp? Yuck. And is it necessary to do this on a street corner? I think not!

What strange traditions are in your neck of the woods?

NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY - February 2 - National Day Calendar

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