Today is Kunigunda Day

Staff Writer

Local lore designates March 3 as Kunigunda Day, which is supposedly the day when the frost begins to come out of the ground. The late Walter Schaut often referenced the legend of Kunigunda, including in a Grist from Old Mills column in 1996 when he compared St. Kunigunda to “a female Punxsutawney groundhog.” The legend surrounding Kunigunda states, “Kunigund macht warm bon unt,” which allegedly translates to “Kunigunda makes it warm from below.” It continues, “Wenn es donnert um Kunigund, treibts der Winter notch lange bunt,” meaning “When it thunders on Kunigunda’s day, the winter’s going to stay.”