Groundhog’s Day

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Groundhog’s Day

What is Groundhog’s Day anyhow? Why would we want to celebrate a rodent?

Groundhog’s Day is a day that a groundhog comes up out of its hole and if he or she sees his or her shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he or she does not see his/her shadow, winter is over and spring starts. We celebrate Groundhog’s Day on February 2nd every year.

Groundhog’s Day originated from a German tradition and continued in the United States in a place called Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The first Groundhog’s Day was in the year 1887. The Germans called it Candlemas. They also would use a hedgehog instead of a groundhog. When the tradition moved to America, groundhogs were easier to find so they used them instead.

Although this is a strange tradition, it seems that it will not go away anytime soon. Probably because it involves a furry  mammal.

Sources:

Groundhog Day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day