While most people were glued to what was happening in New Orleans this past weekend with the XLVII Superbowl, a loyal group dressed in top hats and coats traveled to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if Phil, the most popular groundhog in the world, will see his shadow. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, he will go back into his hole and there will be 6 more weeks of winter, if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early that year.
While the early roots for the day are German, the tradition in Pennsylvania dates back to 1841 where a storekeeper saw the groundhog venture out his hole and recorded it in his diary. Since then every year, a group gathers in Punxsutawney and starts the day with the groundhogs prediction as he emerges from Gobblers Knob. From there it’s a celebration with food, skits, and speeches given, all in Pennsylvania German dialect, the only language spoken at the event. If you are planning on attending this event, be prepared to be up and out early, Phil usually appears around 7am!
Over the years the celebration has gotten extremely popular, on the designated website, www.groundhog.org, you can find the history, fun facts, a live feed, and an inbox where you can even submit your own prediction! How accurate is Phil at predicting the weather? I guess we’ll find out soon, however his range of accuracy is between 75%-90%! As for this year, get out your beach chairs early, Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring!
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