It is the custom in the United States of America that state governors issue proclamations to note special days, weeks, or months, and the reason for their designation. Here is the draft of one such proclamation to be issued tomorrow.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas, it is a tradition among the peoples of the world to look for signs of the approaching spring, particularly after this darned polar vortex; and
Whereas, the traditional way to do this is to observe the humble groundhog’s rising on the second day of February, to see if he sees his shadow; and
Whereas, we owe this observance to a pagan tradition that dates back decades to some money-grubbing Pennsylvanians looking for a lame tourist attraction; and
Whereas, the Commonwealth has its own groundhogs, who are perfectly capable of forecasting the coming of spring, insofar as a pesky rodent can do so.
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim February 2, 2014, to be
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance (though reminding them that while it is not technically groundhog hunting season, we’ll look the other way, just this once).
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this second day of February, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts