Get Ready for Groundhog Day!

Get to know the history and traditions of the great Groundhog Day.

This photo was shot from the classic film

This photo was shot from the classic film “Groundhog Day”.

Anna Rampoldi, Contributor


       On Saturday, February 2nd, it’s Groundhog Day, a tradition where a groundhog comes out of its barrow to determine how much longer winter will be. Although Groundhog Day is a small holiday that doesn’t always give a hundred percent results it is fun to celebrate.  Many people turn their television on Saturday morning to watch the results of winter.

       Punxsutawney was originally founded as a camp for the by the Delaware Indians in 1723. The Indians felt that groundhogs were honorable ancestors.The holiday was brought over from the Germans later in the 1700s when they first started immigrating to the United States. They brought over a tradition called Candlemas Day. They picked the day of February 2 because it was right between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Since the holiday was placed right between the start of spring and winter the groundhog would determine whether there would be an early spring of a late winter.

       The biggest groundhog day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The holiday is celebrated the same every year. On February 2 Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his little hole at 7:25 am. Once he comes out, he either sees his shadow and runs back into his hole or does not see his shadow he stays to enjoy the outside. Millions of people all over the world will wait to see the groundhog come out of his hole.

       All in all, every year everyone convenes to watch the results even though they may not be one hundred percent accurate, this holiday is still fun to celebrate. So this year gather around the television and turn the channel to the annual groundhog day gathering.

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