Archive for February 2nd, 2023


Groundhog Day - Redoubt News

On February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist,was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s
Knob in Punxsutawney,
Pennsylvania. According to
tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day
and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its
burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no
shadow means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian
tradition of
Candlemas, when clergy would bless and
distribute candles
needed for winter. The candles
represented how long and cold the winter would be.

Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an
animal—the hedgehog—as a means of predicting

weather. Once they came to America, German settlers
Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they
from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were
plentiful in the
Keystone State.

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