Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! Oops – things tend to repeat themselves at this time of year! Groundhog Day is one of America’s most peculiar but fun holidays. Originating among the Pennsylvania Dutch, Groundhog Day is almost exclusively celebrated in America and Canada. It is based on a superstition that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd and sees a shadow because the weather is clear, then it will reenter its burrow and winter will last another six weeks. If it emerges to see no shadow because the day is cloudy then spring will come early. Whether you believe in the groundhog’s forecast or not, celebrating Groundhog Day can still be a fun tradition.
Groundhog Day has become hugely popular since the release of the 1993 Bill Murray film of the same name. The film is set at the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and the town is now one of the most visited Groundhog Day locations. Although there are mixed reports about the accuracy of their groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, many locals and visitors gather to see his prediction. You can even watch a livestream of Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction if you can’t travel to Pennsylvania in person. If you want to celebrate another way, you could host a Groundhog Day viewing party complete with appropriate snacks like a dirt pie with groundhog figurines. You could even serve a winter- or spring-themed dinner depending on the groundhog’s prediction!
It’s easy to celebrate Groundhog Day because it’s a holiday all about fun. You don’t need to take the day too seriously or prepare anything big. Just take the chance to learn some groundhog facts with your kids, watch a great movie, or go to see the groundhog emergence if there is one in your town. It’s especially exciting if the groundhog predicts an early spring and you can say goodbye to the winter blahs!
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