Groundhog Day

Victoria Harris and Lilly Powers

There are many holidays throughout the year. Some religious, some popular, and some strange. One is Groundhog Day, which is celebrated on February 2nd, and it’s all about the groundhog.
“Germans expanded on this concept [Candlemas] by selecting an animal—the hedgehog—as a means of predicting the weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State,” said History.com.
Groundhog day is one of the most popular holidays in the state of Pennsylvania. In the groundhog’s hometown of Punxsutawney, there’s a celebration that brings in many people from all over the state to see it. This tradition has occurred on February 2nd every year, since 1887.
“I thought that he would see his shadow because it wasn’t very cloudy that day, and it has been really cold. So, I was expecting six more weeks of winter,” said Olivia Nickell, 7.
The theory is that if Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather-Prophet Extraordinary (Phil for short), sees his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring comes early. This year, Phil saw his shadow, so we have six more weeks of winter. The celebration is also a great way for the small town to earn some money around the end of winter.
“Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning and saw his shadow, declaring there would be six more weeks of winter,” said CBS News.
Even though Groundhog day is quite unusual, it’s a great way to maintain traditions for people around the country. People don’t care if Phil sees his shadow or not, but they celebrate anyway.