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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States. Celebrated on the 2nd of February every year. Folklore tells the story of the groundhog being able to I.D. what the weather will be like and when spring will arrive. The groundhog seeing his shadow will call for 6 more weeks of winter but not seeing his shadow will alert spring is on its way. 

The day will start of with early morning celebrations as the groundhog is eagerly waited for. South-eastern Pennsylvania celebrates the holiday with food, speeches and a skit or play. The German dialect is very much present and a fine is paid if English word is spoken. This event first took place in 1887 as the editor of the local paper Punxsutawney Spirit promoted the town's groundhog as the official "Groundhog Day meteorologist." 

Punxsutawney Phil is the famous groundhog that lives at Gobbler's Knob near Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. Of course there are other groundhogs but none so famous as he. The town has attracted thousands of visitors over the years to experience Groundhog Day events and activities. 

Groundhog day roots from past history where nature worship were prevalent in Europe. It was an area in and around where Germany is located now. The badger not the groundhog had the power to predict the coming of spring. The badger would help farmers decide when to plant crops. The tradition continued from there and arriving in U.S. when German immigrants settled here. The badger was not as present in Pennsylvania so the groundhog was substituted. The first groundhog day in the U.S. was hosted in the 1800's. The first Groundhog day at Gobbler's knob was hosted in 1887. 

The groundhog did see his shadow this morning February 2nd 2017 and thus there will be 6 more weeks of winter

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