What is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2.
According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog.
Every year since 1886, crowds as large of 40,000 have gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on the morning of February 2 to watch a groundhog – a species of small, furry mammal – emerge from a burrow on Gobbler’s Knob. According to folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow, then winter will endure for six more weeks. If it is cloudy, then spring will come early that year.
Five Fun Facts!
Fact 1: Punxsutawney Phil, the legendary groundhog who makes the prediction, has been lending his cognative skills for over 125 years and this year marks his 129th appearance. Even though groundhogs usually has a lifespan of less than six years.
Fact 2: Phil offers his prediction in ‘groundhogese’, a language only understood by the current president of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle. Apparently he’s a groundhog whisperer!
Fact 3: The website www.StormFax.com claims that Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts have only been correct 39%, contradicting the figure stated on www.GroundHog.org, which is 100%. But don’t we love the fact that a little furry creature could be so omniscient!
Fact 4: Groundhogs are also referred to as ‘woodchucks’, forming the basis for the tongue-twister: ‘How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?’
Fact 5: Groundhog Day is celebrated beyond Pennsylvania. In Alaska, the festival is observed as ‘Marmot Day’ because there aren’t that many groundhogs that live in that state.
Top Eleven Groundhogs to Watch!
Groundhog Day is so popular that it is a little known fact that there are eleven places around the county celebrating this day! Checkout Punxsutawney Phil’s friends!
1. Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
2. Staten Island Chuck from Staten Island, New York
3. General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia
4. Dunkirk Dave from Dunkir, New York
5. Chattanooga Chuck from Chattanooga, Tennessee
6. Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio
7. Sir Walter Wally from Raleigh, North Carolina
8. Jimmy the Groundhog from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
9. Malverne Mel from Malverne, New York
10. Holtsville Hal from Holtsville, New York
11. Murray from Howell, Michigan
Groundhog Day – Arts and Crafts!
Look at these great fun arts and crafts we found on Pinterest! Share with your kids or create at school!
Check my Pinterest page for lot’s of Groundhog Day crafts, nail art, DIY printables, and creative food recipes! Click here >>