Snowman Burning Day
Always on the first day of spring
About the Holiday
Move over groundhog, there's another holiday that's staking it's claim to the coming of spring. Rather than trying to forecast whether it's going to be a long or short winter, Snowman Burning Day makes the emphatical declaration that spring is officially here, now warm up!
The epicenter of this holiday is Lake Superior State University located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where in 1971 a group of students burned their first snowman in tribute to Germany's Rose Sunday Festival, held in Weinheim-an-der-Bergstrasse. Celebrated annually within the frozen tundra of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, students at this school take the coming of spring very seriously. It's believed that the rising smoke from the fire will ward off blizzards and bring spring-like weather.
So how do they get the snowman to burn? Their special snowman is made out of wood and paper destined for the recycling bin along with some straw. Part of the tradition includes the reading of poetry while the snowman burns. The ceremony usually lasts about 15 minutes. If you're interested in learning more, be sure to check out the University's website where they've provided a great background on the holiday.
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