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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the legendary Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Ã¢â‚¬â€œ looks for his shadow on this day. If Phil sees his shadow today, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s said weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in for six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day forecasts an early spring.
Punxsutawney, in the western part of the Pennsylvania, has called itself the Ã¢â‚¬Å“original home of the great weather prognosticator, His Majesty, the Punxsutawney Groundhog.Ã¢â‚¬Â 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. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s four Ã¢â‚¬Å“cross-quarterÃ¢â‚¬Â days. Each cross-quarter day represents a collection of dates more or less midway between a solstice and an equinox. February 2 is the yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first cross-quarter day. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.