What has this to do with Groundhog Day? Well, I just discovered that Imbolc is the celebration of Brigid and celebrates the coming of spring. Of course, once the Church got into the act, they switched Brigid to Mary - thereby doing the normal Christian thing and then the even more normal disempowering the feminine...
Then Feb 1 became Feb 2 (with Mary) and then somehow to Groundhogs as the harbinger of spring.
So I'm now embracing Imbolc - the Celtic version - as a favorite holiday/holy day. It reimpowers the feminine, snubs nose at the Church (institution, not religion) and nods at cute little ground dwellers.
Happy Imbolc dear readers.