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Religious start of Ground Hog Day

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Religious start of Ground Hog Day

Post by lightfootfan on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:40 pm

Written by Addison Hart:
'The associations of this feast with light is also where the hedgehogs come in. Christian cultures have usually never let the feasts of the Church stay within the Church itself, but have exported them to the house and farm. So it was that in Europe (particularly Germany) there arose a folk custom that on the Feast of the Presentation (also called “Candlemas” because candles were blessed on that day) that if a hedgehog [badgers in some areas] should come out of his burrow and see the light (and thus his shadow) he would return to his burrow because winter would last six more weeks.

'German immigrants brought this folk custom to America in the 1800’s. There being no hedgehogs in North America, the groundhog was drafted to take its place. Thus the secular calendar in America celebrates “Groundhog Day.” But only the faithful Christian knows and understands the secret of the Light that shines on February 2nd. Not the light of the sun, frightening a furry creature back into his hole, but the Light of Christ, which frightens all the evil powers that would do us harm.'
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Re: Religious start of Ground Hog Day

Post by Glad E Olah on Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:42 am

Thank you for posting this LFF. Very interesting. Thanks to you also Snowden.
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Re: Religious start of Ground Hog Day

Post by margie52501 on Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:31 am

Thanks for this LLF.

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