It’s Groundhog Day!
If you live in the part of America that experienced an arctic outbreak in the last couple of weeks, it may have seemed like this auspicious occasion couldn’t come soon enough. But alas, the day has come! On Saturday February 2nd, Punxtawney Phil emerged amongst a crowd of onlookers and decided our weather fate.
Phil did not see his shadow this year, signaling an early spring arrival according to legend.
“Weather” or not you are pleased with the result, this quirky and ancient tradition has become a mainstay in American culture. However, how much do we really know about Groundhog Day? Who is this Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary?
Read on to learn more about the day that gathers thousands of onlookers every year, inspired a movie, and draws upon American, German and Celtic traditions.