Groundhog Day is deeply rooted in an early Christian celebration called Candlemas Day when candles for winter were blessed by the clergy and distributed to the people.
According to superstition, if the weather was sunny on this special, early February day, the rest of the winter would be long and rough. But if the sky was cloudy, warm weather would soon arrive.
The Germans expanded on this myth by choosing an animal — the hedgehog — to be a weather predictor. When the Germans came to America and settled in Pennsylvania, they continued the tradition but switched from the hedgehog to the groundhog as a forecaster.
For a chance to win a $25 Amazon email gift card, do the following:
1. Find a hedgehog hidden in this magazine, giving the page number.
2. Do some research and give the date and location of the first Groundhog Day in America.
3. Do you think the groundhog is a reliable meteorologist? Why or why not?
The Kids Korner submissions are for children under the age of 16.
October Super Sleuth
The October Super Sleuth was an outdoor, autumn challenge. For a chance to win a $25 Amazon email gift card, kids were asked: to find three colored leaves in the magazine and give the page number, identify the name of the tree and if they’ve ever seen the tree and collected its leaves.
The correct answers are:
• Page 9
• No, but my brother Adriel has when he went on a hike.
Our winner is Eliel Congratulations, Eliel!