February 2 was Groundhogs Day (click on the link to watch the video of Phil choosing winter or spring) and the groundhog did not see its shadow! So no more winter, everyone is very excited. The groundhog has predicted right 13 times and failed 15 times. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
The history over Groundhogs Day.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with the Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states “For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May…”. The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800’s, the first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob made on February 2nd, 1887.
So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.
Want more information over Groundhogs day? More fun facts? Go to this website: http://www.groundhog.org/about/fun-facts-faq/