Do you know Groundhog Day?

 

DO YOU KNOW GROUNDHOG DAY?

Groundhog Day has been celebrated in February 2nd for more than 100 years. Groundhog Day is not a public holiday in the United States. However, it is very popular in many parts of America and Canada, where events for the day are specially organized.

Although some states have adopted their own groundhogs, the official one lives at Gobbler’s Knob, near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and it is called Phil.

Groundhog Day has been celebrated in February 2nd for more than 100 years. This special day is not a public holiday in the United States. However, it is very popular in many parts of America and Canada, where events for the day are specially organized.

Although some states have adopted their own groundhogs, the official one lives at Gobbler’s Knob, near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and it is called Phil.

The celebration consists of a custom carried out by farmers in order to predict the weather for the next six weeks. According to tradition, if Phil is taken out from his den and can see its shadow, it will be frightened by it and it will return to its burrow. This is a sign for 6 more weeks of winter in North America. On the other hand, spring is near if Phil does not see its shadow because it is cloudy.

Of course, weather researchers have usually questioned the groundhog’s accuracy in predicting the weather, but the celebration has many fans who support the belief.

You can visit www.groundhog.org and check the activities that the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club (established in 1887) organize from January 31st to February 2nd. Among them, you can visit a farm where knitting, spinning and weaving classes are available. What about attending the Groundhog Wine Festival with more than 40 vendors. Do you want to know more about this famous groundhog? Do not stop following @punxsyphil on Instagram!

Groundhog = marmota

burrow = madriguera