Wiarton Willie is a famous Canadian groundhog (yuk a rodent) who lives in the community of
Although the original “Wiarton Willie groundhog” died in 1999, the Wiarton groundhog day celebrations continue each year with the original Willie's successors, referred to as "Wee Willie."
Groundhog Day, featuring this popular rodent is a popular annual festival in Wiarton. A midwinter celebration involving an animal with predictive powers was an element of Celtic culture. The link between weather prediction and the day is said to have been inspired by a Scottish couplet: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear … there'll be two winters in the year.
Here is the deal with this groundhog … if he emerges and doesn’t see his shadow, he interprets it as a sign of spring and stays above ground. If he emerges and it’s a sunny period, his shadow will be visible and that will frighten it right back into its hole for six more weeks of winter in
Candlemas Day, Feb 2, holds several meanings.
Candlemas, Feb. 2, Also called: Purification of the Blessed Virgin (Greek Hypapante), Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the
Candlemas Day. The feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary, when Christ was presented by her in the Temple.
February 2nd, in the Roman Catholic Church, there is a candle procession, to consecrate all the candles which will be needed in the church during the year. The candles symbolise Jesus Christ, called "the light of the world." and "a light to lighten the Gentiles". It was the old Roman custom of burning candles to the goddess Februa, mother of Mars, to scare away evil spirits. Source: Brewer's Dictionary.