The groundhog and the scallion

Another greeting card from Ann Burlingham, this one for the American 2/2 holiday, Groundhog Day (see my 2/2/15 posting “Back-to-back American holidays”, with a section on the groundhog; the American holiday; and the movie Groundhog Day):


(#1) The Hester & Cook greeting card “Phil’s Great Adventure” by Vicki Sawyer, celebrating Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog seer of Punxsutawney PA — here  represented as wearing a bunch of scallions on his head (the headdress thing is a Sawyer feature; more below)

Wearing scallions of course evoked wearing leeks and took me to yet another holiday, 3/1 instead of 2/2: St. David’s Day, celebrating the patron saint of Wales.

And that bounced me back to the Christian feast day for 2/2: Candlemas Day (one of those Christian holidays I don’t venture to try to explain to people).

3/1 St. David’s Day. Summary in my 3/2/15 posting “St. David’s Day”. And then the leeks; from the British Army site on 3/1/16:


(#2) To celebrate St. David’s Day the Royal Welsh soldiers wear a leek on their berets alongside the customary white hackle

Scallion, leek, they’re all alliums.

2/2 Candlemas. From Wikipedia:

Candlemas … is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22–40. In accordance with Leviticus 12, a woman was to be purified by presenting a lamb as a burnt offering, and either a young pigeon or dove as sin offering, 33 days after a boy’s circumcision [the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ falls on January 1st]. It falls on 2 February, which is traditionally the 40th day of and the conclusion of the Christmas–Epiphany season.

(There is, unfortunately, still more.)

More Vicki Sawyer. Two more of her entertaining compositions:


(#3) “Nevermore Raven”, with the carrots of Poe


(#4) “Party at the Feeder”, a party of five birds

3 Responses to “The groundhog and the scallion”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    I probably would not know about the wearing of leeks on St. David’s Day if I had not read Henry V in my youth. (On the other hand, it was many years after I read it that I realized that the name of the Welsh captain featured in the relevant scene, Fluellen, is Shakespeare’s rendering of the name generally spelled “Llewellyn ” these days.)

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    Shakespeare’s Fluellen and the voiceless lateral fricative (and dragons, leeks, and daffodils) are discussed in my St. David’s Day posting, which I forbore from reproducing in this Vicki Sawyer posting.

  3. Sim Aberson Says:

    My favorite tea mug is a Vicki Sawyer of a bunny with a turnip on its head.

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