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National Groundhog Day - 2022-02-01
What is National Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day originated in the Christian Candlemas tradition. The holiday is based on the fact that candles were used to light up homes during the long, cold winter months. The candles also represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans later expanded on this concept, selecting an animal—the hedgehog—to predict weather. Groundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Although some states have in some cases adopted their own groundhogs, the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, lives at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The town has attracted thousands of visitors over the years to experience various Groundhog Day events and activities on February 2.
When is National Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2!
History of National Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is a North American tradition that can be traced back to 1841. This holiday is celebrated each year on the 2nd of February. Throughout the day, people will gather at Gobbler's Knob to await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who is believed to be able to predict the weather.
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