“When Candlemas day is bright with sun,
Then the winter is just half way begun
But when Candlemas day is dark with rain
Then winter’s power is on the wane”Candlemas, Groundhog Day, Imbolc, and St. Brigid’s Day; all different names for the same day that marks the midway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Tradition has it that animals hibernating during the winter months come out around this time to see whether the winter is giving way to warmer weather yet, and if not they quickly return to their cozy winter homes. This is where the tradition of the groundhog originated: if the groundhog sees its shadow, winter will still continue for at least 6 weeks! If not, then a short winter and an early spring is in the books. This year the groundhog did see his shadow, according to official news which reached us from the nation’s most famous and reliable weather predicting groundhog: Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania, as well as the bright winter sun, which shone on all of us this February 2nd.