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Happy Groundhog Day!

The U.S., and Canada, celebrate Groundhog Day every February 2. 

  • Dutch immigrants in Pennsylvania started this tradition which "forecasts" the arrival of spring.
  • It's based on an ancient European celebration of Candlemas, a time halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
  • Supposedly if a groundhog sees his shadow, because the sun is out, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Conversely, if the groundhog does not see it's shadow due to cloudiness, spring will be early.
  • Punxsutawney Phil is the "official" groundhog that "predicts" the arrival of spring each year near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
  • A popular movie, from 1993, was called Groundhog Day. The star, Bill Murray, had to relive the same day over and over again in the film. (It reminds me of how we are currently doing the same thing, day in and day out, during the pandemic since nothing new is happening!)

But what are wild groundhogs, or woodchucks as they are sometimes called, actually doing on this day?

Still sleeping!


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