Celebrating the arrival of spring 2010
Marmot Day (sometimes referred to as Groundhog Day because groundhogs are also marmots) has been celebrated throughout Eastern Europe for over three hundred years and is traditionally seen as one of the indicators that winter is finally giving way to spring. Each year the date of Marmot Day depends on the animals themselves and when they decide to come out of hibernation. Last year the date was February 2, whereas this year’s particularly severe winter meant that Leopolitans had to wait until early March for this fun celebration. The event was celebrated with traditional good cheer this year in Lviv, with young ladies in folk costumes adding a touch of ancient pagan colour and folklore mystery to proceedings.