All About the Holidays: Groundhog Day

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(male narrator) February 2 is Groundhog Day. Thousands of people travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania or tune in on TV and online to watch a groundhog named Phil forecast the weather. Is it springtime or will we have six more weeks of winter? How does Punxsutawney Phil give us the answer? Groundhog Day began in Europe with the legend of Candlemas Day, also celebrated on February 2. "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two more winters in the year." If a badger or bear cast a shadow on Candlemas Day, six more weeks of winter would follow. If it was overcast and there was no shadow, spring was coming soon. In the early 1800s, German settlers coming to Pennsylvania brought traditions like Candlemas Day with them and decided on the groundhog as the weather predictor. They renamed Candlemas Groundhog Day. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow, we get six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day has become a media spectacle. People from around the world come to watch Punxsutawney Phil predict if spring will come sooner or later. Do you believe in the legend of Groundhog Day?


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Is it time for spring or six more weeks of winter? Why does a groundhog get to decide? Find out more about the history of this holiday and Punxsutawney Phil. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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