Where did the expression "Groundhog day"
It's strange, at first glance, the phrase appeared in use after the release in 1993 of the eponymous American Comedy directed by Harold Ramis with Andie MacDowell and bill Murray in the lead roles. The hero of the film "Groundhog Day", the TV reporter Phil Connors with the operator and assistant Rita goes to make a report to the small town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania.
The report should be devoted to the national holiday – the day of the Groundhog, which really exists and is celebrated annually in the USA 2 Feb. According to folk beliefs, on this day the Groundhog comes out of his hole and, if the weather is Sunny, he sees the shadow. It is believed that the Groundhog is frightened, and he goes back in the hole – in this case winter will last another six weeks. If the weather is cloudy, then shadows the Groundhog sees, and that means that spring will soon come. In honor of Groundhog-meteorologist decided to arrange folk festivals, the so-called festivals.
Here's a local holiday and had to remove the arrogant and self-absorbed Phil Connors. All he shows how disgusted he is an insignificant job, rude crew, local residents, wants to make a report and to go from a small provincial town.
But fate brings him a surprise! Heavy snowfall holds Phil in Punxsutawney for the night, and when he wakes up the next morning comes... again on 2 February. This day repeats for Phil again and again. He knows the events of 2 February by the minute, tries different ways to escape from this temporary ring – all to no avail. The poor journalist can't even kill yourself after a few tries it again and again wakes up in his bed and begins again to live a Groundhog Day.
End the torment of Phil's only when he changes internally when he realizes that in order to change life, you must change yourself.
How to stop the "Groundhog day"
In fact, this lesson is a good idea to learn for those who complain about the eternal "Groundhog day" in his life. Reality presents daily many amazing events, but not always the person enough spiritual vision to see them over the whirlwind of routine cases.
To stop feeling trapped in a time loop, like the hero of the film, you can, if you learn to find joy in the simple everyday things, to enjoy good relations and, most importantly, not to put their problems and ambitions above the needs of others.
If you understand that there are people out there who need help, attention and just a positive attitude – to change life itself. It becomes brighter, more diverse and more enjoyable. That is the message and tried to convey to the audience the creators of the film "Groundhog Day".
Advice 2 : What is Groundhog Day
Groundhog day is one of the most popular national holidays of America and Canada. Many people know about this day from the eponymous film. Well, what is the main idea of this unusual holiday and where it originates, you can learn right now.
Groundhog day is near and spring?
Every year on 2 February, the people of America and Canada organize events with the participation of local animals – marmots. Almost every town has its own marmots-meteorologists to alert you, how soon will come the spring warming.
Note: in the town of Punxsutawney was filmed the famous movie "Groundhog Day".
On this day, it is necessary to monitor its behavior, namely that he will leave his burrow or not. If in cloudy weather the Groundhog not seeing its shadow, and quietly leaves the house, then, foreshadowed early spring. If in the Sunny day, he at the sight of his own shadow will be frightened and return – spring should be expected not earlier than in 6 weeks.
The history of the holiday - Groundhog Day
The history of this festival begins with the Gregorian calendar, as February 2nd is a solemn day when Christians celebrate Candlemas (Gromnica). Believing the popular wisdom, if the day is clear and Sunny weather, is sure to be a long winter. As I like to say the Americans, If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year (it's a Scottish proverb, literally it reads: "the day of the meeting is clear and cloudless — there will be two winters in the year").
As for the meteorological prediction of various animals, it originates from the times of the Ancient Rome. Just as a meteorologist ancient Romans used a hedgehog. February 2, they Wake that spiky animal and watched, he sees its shadow or not. Later this tradition was adopted by the Nations of Western Europe. Only, for example, in Northern Germany, depending on the region, instead of the hedgehog watched the behavior of a badger or a bear.
The Groundhog under the name Staten island Chuck lives at the zoo on Staten island. Each year 2.02 at 7: 30 sharp he makes his forecast.
And in the 18th century immigrants from Germany who were called the Pennsylvania Dutch, brought this meteorological tradition in America. But given the fact that North America has no hedgehogs or badgers – chief meteorologist animal was the Groundhog. In 1886 Groundhog Day officially recognized the national American holiday.
The most popular groundhogs-meteorologists
In the United States and Canada there are 7 of the most popular marmots-meteorologists:
- Punxsutawney Phil – the first officially recognized a meteorologist that lives on Indjushata mountain in the town of Punxsutawney (PA);
- Vertinsky Willy – known weatherman Canada, or rather village Viarton (Ontario);
- Staten island Chuck – the official meteorologist Groundhog in new York;
seven leaders closes marmots Shubinakadsky Sam, Balzaksky Billy, Jimmy the Groundhog and General Beauregard Lee.