Groundhog Day: History Of The Bizarre Holiday


Groundhog Day refers to a famous tradition in North America and it is celebrated in United States and Canada on February 2 every year.

The members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club go for a trek to Gobbler’s Knob and the group waited for Phil to leave the burrow.

Now according to history, the tradition was started by Dan Yoder, a folklorist who was raised in Central Pennsylvania and several groups started to follow it.

The original date when the tradition was celebrated was February 1. The original Groundhog Day was first celebrated in 1887.

The word Groundhog Day became popular because of the 1993 film of the same name and Punxsutawney Phil was already a cult celebrity before the release of the film.

Phil went to the White House once and also appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show. He has also been a major inspiration for different imitators.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club states that only one Phil has existed since 1886. He has been an important part of the summertime Groundhog Picnic.

Phil is currently married to Phyliss and his predictions about the weather have also gone wrong a few times. He has seen his shadow for around 107 times before 2023.

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