02nd Feb 2007, by Andrew Barr

10 Yetis is Loving Groundhog Day Today

Not only is it a great film, but it is actually Groundhog Day today and what good fun it seems as well.

According to tradition, a groundhog – the legendary Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – looks for his shadow on this day. If Phil sees his shadow today, it’s said we’re in for six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day forecasts an early spring.

 Come on Phill, give us the good news!
Groundhog Phil

Punxsutawney, in the western part of the Pennsylvania, has called itself the “original home of the great weather prognosticator, His Majesty, the Punxsutawney Groundhog.” Since 1887, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club have tried to note the first appearance of Punxsutawney Phil. Other towns in the U.S. and Canada also have their own local groundhogs and local traditions for Groundhog Day.

You might not know that this is an astronomical holiday. It’s one of the year’s four “cross-quarter” days. Each cross-quarter day represents a collection of dates more or less midway between a solstice and an equinox. February 2 is the year’s first cross-quarter day. It’s also marked by the celebration of Candlemas in the Roman Catholic and other religions.

The celebration of Groundhog Day came to America along with immigrants from Great Britain and Germany.

The tradition can be traced to early Christians in Europe, when a hedgehog was said to look for his shadow on Candlemas Day.

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