National Groundhog Day is a day of celebration and observance in the United States. The holiday falls on February 2nd every year, and typically includes festivities such as groundhog races (in which people race against one another to see who can be first to reach a designated point), eating traditional foods like pancakes or waffles, watching the 1993 film “Groundhog Day,” and more! This blog post will highlight how National Groundhog Day came about, what it’s all about, and what you can do if you want to celebrate this fun holiday.
DID THE GROUNDHOG SEE HIS SHADOW IN 2021?
The Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, which means we will spend six more weeks of winter. Don’t be fooled by the false promise that spring has come early just yet!
WHEN IS GROUNDHOG DAY 2022?
Groundhog day is on February 2 and we wait with bated (and ice-cold) breath to see whether or not winter will continue for another six weeks. This year, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow which means it’s time to start preparing your car by filling up all gas stations because they say he had an auspicious sight in front of him!
History Of National Groundhog Day
The Pennsylvania Dutch were German-speaking immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. They developed their own take on the legend of Candlemas, bringing with them a custom that was already prevalent among other European cultures such as those from Ireland and Scotland where Groundhogs (and hedgehogs) are seen forage through snowbanks to announce winter’s arrival before it begins
The “Pennsylvania Deitsch” has also adopted this tradition by resorting to animal sacrifices during Candlemas Day celebrations because they believe these animals have power over crop growth due to their status as nature’s herald or advance scout whenever frosts come down outta heaven above.
The first Groundhog Day was created by a local newspaper editor around 1886, who convinced Punxsutawney’s famous groundhog hunter and businessman. He is also the founder of this day-long festival in which you pay homage to your furry friend with games such as bobbing for their Accuracy International rifle or eating fried dough from one pan while watching them fly over others cooking on multiple grills!
Punxsutawney Phil is the subject of much conjecture. He drinks a magic “elixir of life” every summer, giving him seven more years to the live-a a fact that has led many people into believing he’s immortal! The superstition may date back as far 1887 when farmer Thomas Cline saw his shadow for six days in a row at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsy village before Freegrace Church-“Groundhog Day.”
GROUNDHOG DAY TRADITIONS
Punxsutawney Phil is a creature of legend, and on Groundhog Day everyone comes to see him emerge from his burrow.
The concept behind this tradition isn’t all that complicated but there are plenty more traditions followed at dawn’s early light!
National Groundhog Day Activities
- Watch the Bill Murray in action
Get ready to settle in for an evening of laughter. The Groundhog Day film might be old, but it still has the power to make you laugh out loud! Starring Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray (yep that’s right), this movie is about Phil Connors who must live through his own annual event – something called “Ground Hoggying.” It’s always funny when he drills Punxsutawney Phil on whether or not there will be more snow come wintertime…or ever?
The next time your plans are interrupted by bad weather just remember: No matter how crappy things seem-there really could BE worse than today!!
- Sing the Groundhog Day song
Nowadays, it seems like there is a Groundhog Day song for every occasion. This includes weather-related events! Learn this catchy tune and sing along to make your day even brighter or find out what the future has in store by listening closely to these lyrics: “We’ll light up that big green candle.”
- Do some Groundhog trivia
The Groundhog is kind of like a hobo, but with an arm and two legs. They often travel in packs to find food which must make digestion difficult for them since they don’t really have any teeth!
5 FACTS ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY
- Call me by my other name
Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s also known as Daks Day and falls on February 2nd each year where people go out to see if the animal known as Punxsutawney Phil will come out of his burrow or stay hidden inside all day long!
- Blame it on the weatherman
Punxsutawney Phil knows a lot about Pennsylvania weather, and he’s not afraid to share his predictions. If you text ‘Groundhog”, then Punxsy will reply with what we can expect for tomorrow!
- Choose me every year
Groundhogs are a lot like turtles. They can predict the weather, but only if they’re in control! Texas is going with Armadillo Day to foretell their own fate this year and next.”
- Where did the time go?
Punxsutawney Phil has not seen his shadow 15 times and 9 years of Groundhog Day are unaccounted for.
The Punxsutawney groundhogs is a Pennsylvania German superstition bred from centuries-old beliefs, which maintains that if he does see the sun on February 2nd then there will be an additional six months before winter solstice arrives at its anticipated time – but now we know better as this year’s furry little friend celebrated his birthday without incident!
- He was right on the night
You might be wondering if Punxsutawney Phil has ever been incorrect. It turns out that he’s only recently predicted the weather correctly 39% of the time, which is not bad considering how long humans have observed him!
WHY DO WE LOVE GROUNDHOG DAY
- Turn misery into magic
The whole point of this day is about prediction. If Phil predicts early spring, people can turn a miserable winter into sun and warmth! He doesn’t have to tell us what he sees in his crystal ball because it’s always good for laughs when the cheery fortune-teller says “I don’t see anything right now.”
- Phil Connors is trapped
The movie Groundhog Day is a must-watch for anyone who loves this time of year. The story reminds us why we celebrate Candlemas and what’s really important in life, like remembering good friends or family members that are soon to be forgotten once they go away on vacation for weeks in the end without saying goodbye first!
- Weirdo’s unite
There are many traditions that have been passed down over time, but some of them may seem out-of-the-blue. One such example is Groundhog Day where people celebrate if Candle day falls on February 2nd by watching for the shadow of Punxsutawney Phil’s hibernation burrow at his home in Pennsylvania Dutch country!