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Groundhog Day traditions

Category: Holidays in America - Date: (6-02-2012, 20:33)
Groundhog Day traditions

Groundhog Day calendar:

Groundhog Day 2012
Wednesday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013

Groundhog Day 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014

Groundhog Day 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day information

      According to a popular tradition in the U.S. the groundhog comes out of its burrow after winter hibernation today, February 2, to see if spring has come. If the groundhog sees its shadow (that is, if the day is sunny), the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. If the groundhog does not see its shadow (cloudy weather), it means that spring is just around the corner. It is also important, whether the groundhog climbs back into its burrow or sits outside for a while. If it retreats to its burrow at once - a cold snap is nearing. And if it chooses to linger in the open air - spring is to come very soon.
The "official" American groundhog lives in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and its name is Phil - «Punxsutawney Phil».

      Early in the morning of February 2 a group of gentlemen dressed in top hats and tuxedos come to Turkey Ridge. All of them are members of the Groundhog Club in Punxsutawney. One of them is endowed with special powers: he is entrusted to perform a major ritual – to get Groundhog Phil out of its home and listen to Phil whispering into his ear its forecast for the next 6 weeks. Then the forecast is announced to the people who specifically arrive at Punxsutawney to witness this exciting event.

Groundhog s Day history

      For the first time Groundhog Day was officially celebrated on February 2, 1886. Even then, the Groundhog was solemnly given the name of "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary." And the hometown of Phil, the city Punxsutawney, was called the "Capital of the World Weather." The first prediction came true - there was no shadow, early spring has come!
Alas, in general, statistics does not confirm Phil’s predictions. According to the records maintained for over 100 years, the Groundhog’s forecast came true only ... 39%.

      After the famous movie "Groundhog Day" (starring Bill Murray and Andy McDowell) came out in 1993, the popularity of Punxsutawney skyrocketed. For example, in 1997, 35 thousand people came to look at Phil - it is 5 times more than the population of all the towns of the district.

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