Groundhog Day: Will the Famous Rodent Accurately Predict Whether We’re Going to Have an Early Spring?
Perhaps one of the most fascinating popular traditions we observe is Groundhog Day, a time where everyone ostensibly puts their faith on a rodent to predict the weather. On this day, people across the United States gather together to witness their local groundhogs come out and “announce” the weather.
Folks believe that if a groundhog is able to see its own shadow due to clear weather when it comes out of its burrow in the morning of February 2, it will retreat to its home and winter will persist for six more weeks. However, if the rodent comes out of its burrow and does not turn back after failing to see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will eventually be in the forecast. Although many meteorologists have already rejected the notion that groundhogs can provide an accurate forecast, hardcore followers of the tradition would only beg to differ.
Although it’s not a public holiday, Groundhog Day is observed by almost everybody in the country, with tons of activities held at parks and in various communities. On February 2, the town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania would be packed with thousands of visitors coming from various places, and it’s all thanks to the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Other states would also have their special groundhogs to watch.
How It All Began
The superstition has its roots centuries ago in Germany. During the winter season, the natives would keep an eye on any sights of hibernating animals, including bears, hedgehogs, and badgers. They’d particularly count on the presence of badgers as a signal that they can finally plant their crops.
After settling in Pennsylvania, European immigrants realized that it was just a false belief all along. Nevertheless, they decided to continue the tradition, which eventually spread across the United States. Since badgers were scarce in Pennsylvania, they agreed to use the groundhog instead.
The first Groundhog Day was celebrated by Punxsutawney natives in the 1800s, with the first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob taking place on February 2, 1887.
What is Punxsutawney Phil?
Every 2nd day of February, a ceremony would be held to commemorate the legendary rodent called Punxsutawney Phil. Many believe that the groundhog was named after King Phillip. Prior to that, the weather-predicting rodent was known by everyone as Br’er Groundhog.
Presently, Punxsutawney Phil lives in an artificial habitat near the Punxsutawney Library. In 1993, Punxsutawney Phil became a mainstream hit in the nation when the critically acclaimed comedy film “Groundhog Day” came out.
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