Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States that is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.
Modern customs of the holiday involve early morning celebrations to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow.
In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges (Grundsow Lodges) celebrate the holiday with fersommling,[2social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g’spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment.
The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime, or quarter per word spoken, with the money put into a bowl in the center of the table.
Groundhog Day was more widely adopted in the U.S. in 1887. Clymer H. Freas was the editor of the local paper Punxsutawney Spirit at the time, and he began promoting the town’s groundhog as the official “Groundhog Day meteorologist”.
The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day Quotes/Messages
Every mile is two in winter.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.
The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
One swallow maketh not summer; nor one woodcock a winter.
There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.
Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.
Today is tomorrow! It happened!
“Don’t you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency.”
“My years are not advancing as fast as you might think.”
“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”