Groundhog Day

Posted: February 2, 2011 by lexx45 in Uncategorized

Each year on February 2nd thousands of followers of Punxsutawney Phil surround Gobblers Knob to see what the weather forecast will be for the next 6 weeks? This year this lovable fur-ball did not see his shadow meaning an early spring for those who care.

Including Wednesday’s forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn’t seen it just 16 times since 1887.

Honestly I’m surprised he’s even alive after being buried under the snow for the past 3 months, but I digress. Groundhog Day, one of the odder American traditions, has roots dating back to Europe. The original holiday, Candlemas Day, used a hedgehog to predict the upcoming weather.  But the earliest settlers of Pennsylvania, being German, decided that the groundhog bared enough resemblance to the hedgehog and the tradition was then named Groundhog Day. Today Punxsutawney Phil is practically a celebrity! He is cared for by a group known as The Inner Circle. A tastefully looking crew adorned in tuxedos and top-hats with names resembling that of late 1940’s mobsters; ranging from Dave “The Thunder Conductor” Gigliotti to Butch “The Iceman” Philliber.

In conclusion, it’s amazing to me that in this day and age we still follow this age-old tradition. It’s no wonder western ideologies are so hated. While people are rioting in Cairo we’re standing around a hole waiting on an animal to see its shadow? Nevertheless, I’m sure every culture has its fair share of oddities.


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