Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Groundhog Day

America is a diverse country with a plethora of traditions. Groundhog Day is among the most widely celebrated, and strangest, customs.

What is Groundhog Day?

On February 2nd, Americans celebrate Groundhog Day, which is the day that we find out whether there will be six more weeks of winter or the early arrival of spring. It's not like normal when a weatherman gives the forecast. Rather, a groundhog, called Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from his burrow to forecast the weather.

Groundhog Day takes place in small town in Pennsylvania called Punxsutawney (punks-a-tone-y).

Punxsutawney Phil!

How does the Groundhog tell us the weather?

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges, then the spring season will arrive early. 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.

This photo illustrates organizers giving the forecast of Punxsutawney Phil.

How do we celebrate Groundhog Day?

Thousands of Americans watch the groundhog on TV with their family and friends. There are also social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and plays are performed.

If you want to learn more about this quirky tradition, you can watch the film Groundhog Day. Here is the link to the trailer: