Today thousands of people from all around the nation traveled to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; a town about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. You may be asking yourself, Why would anyone travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? Well if you didn’t get the hint from the title of this article, It is for the annual ceremony to see if the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil would cast a shadow or not?
Incase you are not as knowledgeable about the holiday known as “Groundhog Day” like myself, Here is some background information… “Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.”
At this point you are probably curious whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not? Because lets get real, who wants another 6 weeks of winter. Regardless if the legend is true or not, I would rather have Phil not see his shadow just incase there is some truth behind the Holiday… As you can tell I enjoy warm weather and everything Spring has to offer. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow today, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter and shattering my dreams of Spring coming early this year. As far as this year goes, I am going to have to say the day known as “Groundhog Day” and the tales that go with it are a complete myth… Maybe next year Punxsutawney Phil will make a believer out of me by not seeing his shadow therefore bringing Spring early!
- Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts The Weather (huffingtonpost.com)
- Groundhog Day (punjapit.wordpress.com)
- Groundhog Day 2012: Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam predict early spring; Punxsutawney Phil calls for more winter (news.nationalpost.com)