It’s February 2nd – that means it’s Groundhog Day!
As legend has it, on February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil (from Punxsutawney, PA) comes out of his burrow and predicts the weather for the rest of the winter. Supposedly, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, there will be an early spring (Let’s hope he doesn’t see his shadow!).
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s early German settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day – “For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May….”. The first Groundhog Day occurred in 1887.
A fun piece of trivia to tell your kids – and fun learning is forever learning!
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