The Bear and Spring

(Photo from internet, since no bears were seen on our zoo adventure 😦

Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2 in North America. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Here in Hungary we have a similar weather lore, wherein a bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog.

If the bear comes out of his cave and the sun is shining and he sees his shadow, Then he goes back, and it will be a long winter. If it is cloudy and he comes out and doesn’t see his shadow then spring is just around the corner.

So last sunday we went to the zoo, to see the weather prediction by the bear, but the bear didn’t come out at all, at the gate they said they haven’t seen him in days…, so i have no idea what that means.Β  I hope it does not mean that there will be no spring at all 😦

We did see some other aminals:








The Siberian Tiger seemed in his element in all the snow πŸ™‚


White peacock. Beautiful πŸ™‚

This is my 51th post, meaning the last one was the 50th. Hurray! πŸ™‚

Do you have any weather lore in your country?

16 thoughts on “The Bear and Spring

    • πŸ™‚ Maybe the bear not coming out means it will be no spring, but summer right away πŸ™‚ Anyway the weather has been way better, and the snow has melted πŸ™‚ I love a good zoo too πŸ™‚ This one in Debrecen was pretty small and not that exciting, we have a better one in our home town.

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