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Groundhog Day

medical Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice»» and the Vernal Equinox.»»

In traditional weather folklore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.

The origin of Groundhog Day dates back to the early Europe and their crop planting practices. The Roman legions, during the conquest of the northern country, supposedly brought this tradition to the Teutons, or Germans, who continued the tradition. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past where the groundhog tradition co exists with Candlemas Day. February 2nd, is also the blessing of all the candles used in the church for the coming year. With the tradition of a shadow the hedgehog of those days predicted six more weeks of bad weather, which they interpolated as the "Second Winter."

According to an old Scotch limerick:
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be twa (two) winters in the year.

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Pennsylvania's earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs in abundance in many parts of the state. They established that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a distant relative, the most likely choice and most intelligent as well as most sensible animal for their traditions. The groundhog legend continues to be recognized annually on February 2nd with the most famous groundhog Phil of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Each year people from all over travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to watch with great anticipation to see Phil, makes his way above ground to check on the weather. For the remaining year, Phil (supposedly over 100 years old) lives in a climate-controlled home at the Punxsutawney Library. He is taken to Gobbler's Knob and placed in a heated burrow underneath a simulated tree stump on stage on Groundhog Day, February 2, to make his prediction. Most major television stations across the country, as well as the big screen in Times Square, broadcast the official Groundhog Day ceremony.

From offering support of political events, to rooting for area sports teams, to becoming the star of a Hollywood movie, Punxsutawney Phil has continually been in a public animal. The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper is credited with printing the news of the first observance in 1886.
"Today is groundhog day, and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen his shadow."

According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club,»» and as with any celebrity, Phil has had numerous significant moments in history.

Phil's Past Predictions

  • 1888 Saw Shadow.
  • 1908 Saw Shadow;
  • 1913 Saw Shadow - A new dance "The Groundhog Roll" was demonstrated by Joe Winslow.
  • During Prohibition Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.
  • 1934 No Shadow
  • 1959 Saw Shadow at 8:23 AM; - Announces that he has returned from a successful trip to the moon. 1958 - Phil announced that it was a "United States Chucknik," rather than a Soviet Sputnik or Muttnik that became the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth.
  • 1970 No Shadow.
  • In 1981 Saw Shadow- Phil wore a yellow ribbon in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
  • 1986 No Shadow! Visited President Reagan at the White House in March.
  • In 1993 Saw Shadow - Columbia Pictures released the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.
  • 1995 No Shadow. Guest on the Oprah Winfrey TV Show and made new fans.
  • 2006 Saw Shadow while wearing a Terrible Towel in honor of the Steelers' upcoming visit to the Super Bowl
  • In the years following the release of the movie, record crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney!
    Famous Groundhogs Around the World»»

Best Reasons To Celebrate Groundhog Day

  1. Helps relieve cabin fever.
  2. Forecast is no less reliable than the National Weather Service.
  3. A better holiday than Valentine's Day which is too depressing for romantically challenged people medical
  4. Unlike the Easter bunny, he keeps his dirty paws outside.
  5. It's fun to try to pronounce "Punxsutawney" correctly.
  6. If a rodent can bring us an early spring, more power to him.
  7. It's a good reason to have a party and gather with friends
  8. Do something strange & cool - go Groundhog Day caroling»» with friends
  9. Make Groundhog Day cupcakes
  10. Groundhog Day will give you a reason to contact a long forgotten friend, acquaintance or lost love Free Ground Hog Day Ecards»»

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