"Imbolc is traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to the North American Groundhog Day."
Which leads us to Wiarton Willie:
According to tradition, Willie's glimpsing of his shadow means there will be another six weeks of winter. (J note: meaning winter ends mid-March, a week before the solstice.) Not seen (sic) his shadow would have meant an early spring. (J note: bunnies, mid-March *is* an early spring.)Thus leading to last year's early spring, when the sidewalks were impassable with snow and ice until the end of March.
For the last four years in a row, the groundhog in the community northwest of Owen Sound, Ont. failed to see his shadow.
Also-- so that's what Candlemas is. Always wondered. We called it something else in Rome, and mostly ignored it.
Something says that the double second ought to be something in Japan, but if so it's obscure enough not to rate a mention.