Punxsutawney Phil and St. Valentine Rule February

| 2/5/2015 8:46:00 AM

Tags: Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, St. Valentine, Valentine's Day, February, Lois Hoffman,

Country MoonFebruary is a unique month. We start out on February 2 by watching a rodent meteorologist to see how many more weeks of winter we will have and then head right on into the holiday of love.

“Punxsutawney Phil” is the famed groundhog who lives at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Legend has it that he comes out of hibernation each year on February 2 to see if he can see his shadow. If he does there will be six more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t, an early spring is predicted. Come on, six weeks from February 2 would fall in mid-March. Here in the northern states that still means Old Man Winter is still hanging around, shadow or no shadow for old Phil.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day when clergy would distribute candles, which represented how long and cold winter should be. Germans expanded on the idea by selecting the hedgehog as the animal to predict weather. German settlers in Pennsylvania changed it to groundhog because they were more plentiful.

Punxsutawney Phil may usher in the shortest month of the year, but St. Valentine’s Day is the month’s crowning glory. It’s the one day of the year set aside for love and love alone. February 14 is the day to show your true love just how much they mean to you. Traditionally, this is done by sending flowers and greeting cards and giving chocolate candy, which translates into a booming commercial success for these industries.

A rose and chocolates for Valentine's Day | iStockphoto.com/dulezidar

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