National Groundhog Day on February 2nd each year asks one question. Will the groundhog see its shadow? Meaning, will there be six more weeks of winter? In the US, we celebrate the day every year.
According to tradition, the groundhog awakens from his nap for a welcomed break during the winter to check for its shadow. Many believe if the groundhog sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If so, the groundhog retreats to sleep. However, if it does not see a shadow, the groundhog remains outside to play, and people celebrate, believing spring is just around the corner. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, hosts the annual Groundhog Day event. Thousands of people come to the town of Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day for this day of celebration.
Those of us in the Midwest know better than to trust the predictions of a Pennsylvania groundhog. However, we play the game knowing full well, that we are staring down at least six more weeks of winter weather.
Although already well-known day, Groundhog Day received widespread attention due to the 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney, starring Bill Murray, and portraying Roger Rininger as the groundhog.
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