Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2nd: Groundhog's Day

Punxsutawney Groundhog

The History of Groundhog's Day:

Source:  Wikicommons
Groundhog's Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd each year.  They watch their favourite groundhog on this day.
If it is cloudy, it will come out of his burrow and, tradition says, spring will start soon.  If it is sunny, it will see his shadow and scoot back into  burrow for six more weeks of winter sleep.
When German settlers arrived in the United States in the 1700s, they brought a tradition known as Candlemas Day.  Candlemas Day came at the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  Superstition told that if the weather was nice on that day, the second half of Winter would be stormy and cold.  These settlers first celebrated "Groundhog's Day" in Pennsylvania.
For the early Christians in Europe, it was the custom on Candlemas Day for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people in the dark of Winter.  A lighted candle was placed in each window of the home.
The weather continued to be important to the early Christians.  If the sun came out on February 2, the day halfway between Winter and Spring, it meant six more weeks of wintry weather.

From USA:
(tune of I'm a Little Teapot)

I see a little groundhog, furry and brown,
He's popping up to look around.
If he sees his shadow, down he'll go.
Six more weeks of winter - oh, no!

From England:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

From Scotland:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.

From Germany:

For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.

And from the United States:

If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Half the fuel and half the hay.

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Our planet is very polluted. We are destroying forests and killing species of animals. People in Spain only recycle 25% of our rubbish. Cars, factories, heatings...pollute and destroy the enviroment. In a year, a typical person in the United States will throw away more than 250 kg of paper.
The global warming is the principal environmental problem in the world. The temperature of world will increase four degrees centigrades in this century, because cars produce carbon dioxide (Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps the earth's heat and contributes to Climate Change) and other gases. In 100 years the state of Florida will probably be under the sea.
 But, step by step, we can save the enviroment IF
  • We can walk or cycle to school, work or home, instead of  using cars or buses.
  •  Use public transport.
  • We should recycle, reduce and reuse :
  • You can recycle  paper, cardbord , plastic, metal... We should recycle electric appliances , too.
  • Segregate household garbage and make compost.
  • Buy things only if it's necessary.
  • Reuse by donating your stuff.
  • We must save water . We can turn off the tap while we're cleaning our teeth, or while we're washing our hands.
  • We mustn't waste energy .We should turn off the lights when we leave a room. and use low-energy light bulbs.
  • When we go to the beach or to the forest, we must take our rubbish home with us.
  • We must protect our forests : Trees give oxygen to the atmosphere and this is essential for the environment. 
  • Plant  trees.
  • Don't burn plants or any other waste.
  • If you camp in the forest,  protect animals and plants.

   There are more ways to help the environment ; we should carry out them . And REMEMBER ...

                     THE EARTH IS OUR HOME,
                    WE PROMISE TO KEEP IT !!!
2nd ESO , 22nd April
( International Earth Day )

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