History of Groundhog’s Day

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Today is Groundhog’s Day. Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow today, so that’s supposed to mean that there will be six more weeks of winter.

History Of Groundhog’s Day

The first Groundhog’s Day was in 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It started from the Christian holiday, Candlemas day, where priests would bless and hand out candles for people to survive in the winter.

The Germans expanded on this position by using hedgehogs to predict the weather. Then, we had the first Grounghog’s Day. That line of Groundhog’s have all been Phil.

Fun Facts

Phil is very rarely correct in his predictions. He has been wrong over 15 times since 1988.

He was named after King Phillip. He was called Br’er Groundhog before.

They hibernate for the winter, and the males come out in February.

His full name is “Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.”

Featured image via YouTube screenshot.