Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day - 2nd February

Image Credit: Kenn W. Kiser

Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in United States and Canada on February 2nd each year.

What is Groundhog Day About?

In weather lore, if a groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, or marmot emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for 6 more weeks.

The 'official' Groundhog Day celebration takes place in Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania USA, where the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has been making predictions for over 120 years, apparently. The official website is www.groundhog.org.

Groundhog Goes to the Movies

Since the release of the movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, the expression has come to mean a situation where the same events seem to happen over and over again.

The movies hero TV weatherman Phil Connors is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. However Phil is caught in a giant blizzard and finds himself stuck in the small-town. Forced to stay overnight, he wakes the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again, and he has to keep on doing that day until he gets it right.

How to Celebrate Groundhog Day

If you can't actually make it to Punxsutawney on the 2nd February, here are some great crafts, activities and colouring pictures for you to celebrate Groundhog day with.

Gregory's Shadow

This cute Groundhog Day storybook tells of a shy, unassuming little groundhog whose bravery is bolstered by his shadow. When the two are separated, both suffer. Ultimately, after a long search, they are reunited and devise a plan so that they can be together, yet not disappoint the farmers who will interpret the appearance of the shadow to mean six more weeks of winter.

You can find it at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.








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