Ah, yes, it's here again. The day beloved by grown men in top hats who speak "Groundhogese" in Pennsylvania, Bill Murray fans, and amateur meteorologists alike -- it's Groundhog Day.
In a 131-year-old tradition, the most famous groundhog -- Punxsutawney Phil -- emerged from his burrow at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Thursday and saw his shadow, which, according to legend, means six more weeks of winter. (You do understand, of course, that Phil is not 131 years old.
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Pennsylvania’s world famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter on Thursday after seeing hisshadow.
This event is part of an American tradition called “Groundhog Day.” It takes place every February 2 in the small Pennsylvanian town of Punxsutawney.
Since 1886, thousands of people have come together on this day on a hill called “Gobbler’s Knob.” They watch as a groundhog named Phil predicts the length of the winter season. Today was the 131st official Groundhog Day.
A groundhog is a large rodent, and part of a family known asmarmots.
On Groundhog Day, Phil the groundhog comes out of a hole in the earth just after sunrise. As the tradition goes, Phil will then look for his shadow on the ground. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of cold weather during winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, warmer weather will arrive soon.
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On Groundhog’s Day, we follow legend Our eyes look to the ground For a sleepy little woodchuck In Punxsutawney town.
If Phil, the brown haired critter Comes out into the light And quickly sees his shadow He’ll bounce back out of sight.
He’ll slip into his burrow For spring is far away Six more weeks of winter The price that we will pay.
But should the day be cloudy Ole Phil will wander out With spring around the corner He’ll spread the news about.
Tis fun to follow legend It brightens up our day To think the bliss of springtime Is not that far away.
Pennsylvania's earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs to in profusion in many parts of the state. They determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal and therefore decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see its shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another six weeks of winter. by Marilyn Ferguson 2004
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