2017-01-18

It’s that time of year again, when we pull a large rodent out of his comfortable den and ask him whether or not we’ll have an early Spring. Groundhog Day is right around the corner and here at Slooh we’re celebrating right alongside Punxsutawney Phil with a live show on February 2nd.

Groundhog Day is a popular holiday here in the US, but it wasn’t always celebrated the way it is now. The holiday can actually be traced back to the pagan festival of Imbolc, which marked the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The festival was celebrated in the name of the goddess Brigid, the patron of the arrival of early Spring (among other things), and was observed across the British isles.

But how did we get from there to asking a Groundhog to predict the weather? We’ll explore that journey during our live show, while watching the Sun make its own journey across our skies at the mid-point in the season.