Thursday, February 02, 2012

Peculiar American Holidays

My relative posted on Facebook this morning about trying to explain Groundhog Day to her new neighbors who moved here from Finland. When you begin with "Well, we coax a rodent out of a hole in the ground . . . ." and receive in return incredulous stares, I'd think you'd pretty much give up.

But all too soon, this very Sunday, in fact, you'd find yourselves saying something like, "Well, the game itself isn't that interesting, but wait until you see the commercials!" Enough to send Emilia and Matias right back to Helsinki.

8 comments:

*karendianne. said...

snort-inksi

Janet O. said...

Ain't it the truth?

Quiltdivajulie said...

Well said! Either way - happy day to Phil and here's to the sociability of Super Bowl Sunday with our neighbors in their man cave (with lots of good food).

LizA. said...

Lol -- that should have come with a spew warning (she says as she wipes coffee off her iPad....)

Beth said...

It is an odd tradition for sure. And, I love your blog, from one fellow liberal thinker quilter to another. =)

Nann said...

Feb. 2 is also Candlemas Day when all the candles for the year were blessed. I looked it up to include correct info for the Rotary Club weekly bulletin and learned that it became Candlemas because it was the purification of Mary (after Christ's birth). The British folklore website said that people also put lit candles in their windows to frighten evil spirits [obviously combining the Christian and the pagan] and that the weather on Candlemas was a predictor of weather for the year.
So, evidently German immigrants to PA brought the tradition of Candlemas weather forecasting with them. http://projectbritain.com/year/candlemas.html
Leave it to the Americans to hype the tradition over the top.

MB in MI said...

LOL !!

Jindi's Cottage said...

OK, so I've seen the movie Groundhog Day so I kind of understand that one....but...a programme that you watch for the commercials! Fair dinkum you lot are a strange mob!!! *LOL*