Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd. The official groundhog lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. His name is Punxsutawney Phil. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow (the day is bright and sunny), there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow (the day is overcast), there will be an early spring.
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of season.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. It stemmed from a combination of religious beliefs and facts associated with hibernating animals. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day.
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.
Here are a few fun things to do with your kiddos for Groundhog’s Day:
Read Groundhog Day books
Happy Groundhog Day!