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
He might be OK … well, no, probably not now …
I’m a god. I’m not the God I don’t think.
I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.
“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piÃƒÂ±a coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?
This is pitiful – 1,000 people freezing their butts off to worship rat.
What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.
“I have not seen this guy for 20 years. He comes up to me and he buys whole life, term, uniflex, fire, theft, auto, dental, health, with the optional death and dismemberment plan, water damage … Phil, this is the best day of my life.”
“Well … Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy.”
“Ned Ryerson. I did the whistling bellybutton trick at the high school talent show? Bing!”
“Don’t you tell me you don’t remember me, because I sure as heckfire remember you.”
“Whenever I see an opportunity, I charge it like a bull. Ned the Bull. That’s me now.”