Tuesday, February 3, 2009

History of GroundHog Day

History of Groundhog Day You really need to know....
Well according to the groundhog we have 6 more weeks of winter coming! And it is snowing like crazy here so I guess he is right. Here is some information for you on Groundhog Day according to Wikipedia.
Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada on which folklore tells if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The people here put great store in Puxatawny Phil. But whatelse can the poor little groundhog do but see his shadow when the towns people set up all those lights and drag him out into the limelight.

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