Groundhog Day: This is an example of a Euro-Pagan holiday that was adapted to American soil. It probably originated in pre-Christian rites to the Bear Goddess, echoes of which survived in a folklore that the bear would wake from hibernation on the Christian holiday of Candlemas and predict the length of the remaining winter, based on her shadow. German settlers to Pennsylvania transferred this belief to the groundhog. According to Delaware Indian legends, the early animals went underground to escape the Great Flood. The groundhog was the first to re-emerge. For this reason it is regarded as a grandparent. Drum to summon the groundhog, then cheer and clap in appreciation.
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