somebody at the bookstore told me that today is Candlemas. Midwinter day.
HG Poetics : Candlemas
Groundhog Poetics : Groundhog Day
This is the day that, in prehistoric times, little cave children dressed up as groundhogs and dug little caves for themselves inside the big family cave. Just at sunset, they would hop out and yell "prolegomena!" - which was the origin of both Candlemas and epic poetry.