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Posted on February 2, 2022

Happy Groundhogs Day!!

Categories: Educational

Happy Groundhogs Day!!


The first Groundhogs day was celebrated on February 2, 1887.  According to tradition, if the groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow, then there are six more weeks of winter.  This tradition was started in Pennsylvania by German settlers who brought the tradition over.  The Germans used a hedgehog traditionally but when they came to Pennsylvania, they switched to groundhogs.  Groundhogs go into hibernation in late fall until sometime in March.  In February, male groundhogs emerge to look for a mate and then go back into hibernation for good until March.  At the first official Groundhogs Day, hunters from Punxsutawney called the groundhog Phil which became Punxsutawney Phil.  Now every February 2nd, people gather to see if Phil is going to see his shadow.

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