Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day, Hedgehog Day, Marmot Day, more

February 2nd, 2012, is Groundhog Day, Hedgehog Day, Marmot Day, Groundhog Job Shadow Day, Bonza Bottler Day, Candlemas, la Chandeleur, Candelaria, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, World Wetlands Day, California Kiwifruit Day, and Heavenly Hash Day.

Groundhog Day is the event of the year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, as Punxsutawney Phil pops out of his hole to see his shadow or not. If Phil sees his shadow, prepare for six more weeks of winter. If no shadow, get ready to wear shorts and flip flops sometime soon. Canadians have their own counterpart to Punxsutawney Phil - Wiarton Willie. Groundhog Day inspired one of my favorite lightweight movies, Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray.

Hedgehog Day is the precursor of Groundhog Day, celebrated in Rome thousands of years ago. Interestingly, the Romans looked for a shadow or absence of a shadow in the moonlight, not sunlight.

Our friends in Alaska celebrate Marmot Day, courtesy of Sarah Palin and friends, since groundhogs don't live there.

Last but not least in the list of groundhog-related celebrations is Groundhog Job Shadow Day. The AH&LA, American Hotel & Lodging Association, sponsors this job shadowing and mentoring program every February 2nd.

Bonza Bottler Day occurs once every month, when the numbers for the month and date coincide. Today, for example, is 2/2.

Candlemas, also known as Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, la Chandeleur, or Candelaria, celebrates three important Christian events: the presentation of baby Jesus; Jesus' first entry into the temple; and the purification of the Virgin Mary. Many burn candles, especially beeswax candles.

The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is "Wetlands and Tourism." The Convention on Wetlands was first adopted on this date in 1971, in Ramsar, Iran, on the Caspian Sea.

To celebrate California Kiwifruit Day, try a Kiwi Klimax, a drink specially created in honor of this holiday.

Everyone has their own opinion as to what makes heavenly hash so heavenly. Whip up a batch of your favorite concoction today, Heavenly Hash Day.

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