Published: Tue, February 02, 2021

Groundhog Day: A popular North American tradition explained

Groundhog Day: A popular North American tradition explained

So did the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

Groundhog Day is also believed to be an enhanced version of Candlemas, a Christian festival which falls on the same day every year.

According to an old German legend, if a groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another six weeks.

So, keep an eye out for your local groundhog's weather prediction tomorrow, but just know, no matter what shadow does or does not appear, the COVID Horror Winter will probably continue until July at least. If he does not, spring is forecast to come early.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday morning and, as legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens. "The cycle will be broken".

This year, Phil, as in many years in the past, will be giving his forecast during a major snowstorm that is hitting the entire northeast of the US.

At the end of the six-week period, if there were more atypical weather days than typical weather days, it means we had an early spring.


On Tuesday morning, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil spotted its shadow in Punxsutawney, predicting another month and a half of winter - for the benefit of those who trust the prediction made by a large rodent.

In its 135-year history, Phil has predicted winter 106 times and spring 20 times, the club said.

Punxsutawney Phil may be the most famous groundhog seer but he's certainly not the only one. This year, there will be no in-person attendance or guests on the grounds, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

CT marked Groundhog Day with a hedgehog making the prediction after the state's official groundhog, Chuckles X, died previous year. But overall, dating back to 1887, according to the Associated Press, Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter more than 100 times making this year's prognostication a return to normal after last year's prediction of an early spring.

"We're going to have an early spring!"

The event is usually quite a spectacle, as a group of people in top hats and tuxedos announce the interpretation to an expectant crowd cheering "Phil!"

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