Stuff you might not know about Groundhog Day

Did you know this original tradition was looking for a badger to see his shadow?

Candlemas was a holiday in between the winter solstice and the spring equinox that the Celts even celebrated in February as a pagan beginning of spring. The feast evolved as Christianity spread through Europe and was taken to the US when the Germans settled in Pennsylvania bringing the tradition of Candlemas and their take on the legend, pronouncing the day sunny only if badgers and other small animals glimpsed their shadows. 

The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It was the brainchild of a local newspaper editor who belonged to a club, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and forever sparked the use of the Groundhog (badgers were not native to North America)

The club would go to a place called "Gobbler’s Knob," where the groundhog became the bearer of good news or bad news when he saw his shadow.

Punxsutawney Phil is only 39% accurate in his predictions but this beloved Day is firmly rooted and foolishly revered here in the states.

"Pitiful, a thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat." -Phil Connors, Groundhog day

Pretty sure we are looking at 6 more weeks of winter no matter what Phil and his handlers have to say.


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