Groundhog Day 2013

January 30, 2013
Groundhog (Photo by Jerry Zeidler)

On February 2 every year the holiday Groundhog Day is celebrated. Before Groundhog Day came to the United States there was a tradition involving a bear or badger in Europe. The Groundhog Day we celebrate today originates from the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1800s.

The holiday has grown into a tradition involving the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Crowds of thousands of people gather together in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see Punxsutawney Phil’s Shadow. Phil is brought out at sunrise at Gobbler’s Knob; if he does not see his shadow it is believed that spring will come early, if he does there will be six more weeks of winter.

Many celebrations occur on Groundhog Day, the grandest and biggest of which takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. At this celebration there is music, food, and entertainment. The purpose of this festivity is to bring in the upcoming season: whether winter continues or spring arrives early. This year is the 127 time that Groundhog Day is celebrated in Punxsutawney.

In related events, there is a Groundhog Day Walk at PPL’s Montour Preserve. The Groundhog Day walk will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Anyone who would like to participate should meet at the Environmental Education Center.

For more information about the Groundhog Day Walk call (570) 437-3131.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day
http://www.groundhogfestival.com/?nav=about
http://www.groundhog.org/things-to-do/events/
http://www.visitcentralpa.org/events/details.asp?tid=44&cid=77&eid=4995

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