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Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in United States and Canada on February 2nd each year.
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.
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.
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.
This cute Groundhog Day storybook, Gregory's Shadow 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.
This book is a really adorable way to teach kids about Groundhog Day celebrations.
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