With the arrival of the second month of the year, it is time to welcome the Groundhog Day 2018. This is a very unique and entertaining event that is celebrated in dozens of states across US. If you want to get the answer of the most common questions like—who is Punxsutawney Phil and when is Groundhog Day? Read on.
What is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is an age-old tradition that is celebrated on 2 February each year. It was introduced by the people of German community living in the state of Pennsylvania in 1887.
Earlier, this tradition was celebrated in that particular state only but after the release of a movie inspired from this real-life event, this tradition got fame and people in many places started to celebrate this event with a groundhog. Why is Groundhog Day Celebrated?
This unusual day is celebrated to get help in knowing the duration of remaining winter period. It also helps in determining the exact time of spring’s arrival that year.
How is this Day Celebrated?
A Groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil has been performing this duty since long. He remains in hibernation all through the year. It is on 2 Feb that he comes out and helps locals in knowing the weather conditions in upcoming days. Phil the groundhog is kept in a special enclosure in the library of the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. People from all around gather before sunrise to see what this groundhog predicts.
According to the folklore, if it is cloudy at the moment when Phil surfaces from the burrow, spring days are not too far. Contrary to that, if it is a sunny day and the groundhog sees his own shadow on the ground, you will have to spend 6 more weeks of winter.
Watch it Live!!
As all of you can’t be a part of Groundhog Day 2018, you can watch it live from Gobbler’s Knob on Friday 2 Feb, 6.00 a.m. starting time. You can also visit this Facebook page to be a part of this fun event.