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Groundhog Day 2018: Facts, Quotes And History For The Upcoming Annual Ritual

02 February, 2018, 21:38 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Punxsutawney Phil Season Prediction Winter Shadow Pennsylvania

During Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 more weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed to drink.

Phil is not the only weather-predicting groundhog on the East Coast. Now thousands of people from across the country travel to the small town of Punxsutawney, located 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

"Groundhog Day is a great piece of Pennsylvania history", Katie Donald, executive director of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, organizer of the Punxsutawney celebration, told the Morning Call. This year marked the 132nd ceremony, which brought visitors from around the world.

Punxsutawney Phil, the seemingly immortal and consistently cute groundhog and weather prognosticator, has emerged from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, this morning (Feb. 2) only to see his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter.

Groundhogs hibernate over the winter, and the males actually do come out of their burrows in February, interested in lining up future mating partners.

In Milltown, N.J., Groundhog Day festivities have been a tradition for 10 years. Birmingham Bill is the groundhog for Groundhog Day in Alabama, Staten Island Chuck is the official groundhog for the ritual in New York City while Shubenacadie Sam is the groundhog for the occasion in Canada, the report said.

Did the groundhog see its shadow?

But every February 2, the groundhog and his handlers - known as the "Inner Circle" - have their day.

People have gone on to celebrate Groundhog Day in Pennsylvannia ever since, where crowds as large as 40,000 have been known to gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to consult the animal, who is of course known as Punxsutawney Phil. Will there be an early spring?

On record, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times and no shadow only 18 times (the results were not recorded on ten occasions).

If the little groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will be arriving early - and of course, Phil is never wrong. Most just think it's another day of the year, I mean, you don't even get off school or work so who really cares? That means he's predicting an early spring.

Groundhog Day was immortalized by the iconic 1993 Bill Murray movie of the same name.


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