Today is Groundhog Day, and unfortunately the ground hog saw his shadow. In other words that means there are six weeks of winter left. Each year the largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, due to the fact that Punxsutawney Phil lives there. So in honor of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow I looked up some fun Groundhog Day facts
- The first document of Groundhog Day can be found in a diary dated February 4, 1841. The diary belonged to a storekeeper in Morgantown, PA named James Morris.
- The celebration began as a Pennsylvanian German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania.
- The origins are in accordance with European weather lore. However, in some of these stories it is a bear or badger.
- Since 1886 crowds of 40,000 have gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania since 1886
- There was a Canadian study that was performed in thirteen cities in the past thirty to forty years revealed that thirty-seven percent of the groundhogs predictions are correct
- According to the Farmer’s Almanac only thirty-nine percent of Groundhog Day predictions are correct.
So with that being said Groundhog Day has quite a bit of Pennsylvanian origins. I hope you enjoyed that and Happy Groundhog Day. Please pray that Phil is wrong this year.
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