Groundhog Day – 2 February

In Penssylvania, traditionally people celebrate February 2 regarding spring is coming or not. That is Groundhog Day, which means according to belief when groundhog come out to ground and if see its shadow spring will come 6 weeks after, if it does not see spring will come immediately.

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In history, Groundhog Day started to celebrate in Pennsylvania as a German custom in 18 or 19 century. It actually based on European tradition which is weather lore.  American reference about Groundhog Day points 1841 February 4 by storekeeper James Morris. He wrote his witness about how Germans live this day according his observation. Also, similar day in England was told that “if Candlemas brings clouds and rain, winter will not come again”. There are also some poems about similar days grounded Scotland and Germany Alternative theories about Groundhog Day base on confusion about two calendar because beginning of summer is accepted seventh weeks of new year by western countries, so some ancient customs claim that the change of season at cross-quarter while daylight significantly progress against the night. The other ones are said that spring does not come until Vernal Equinox. In the other hand, according to Groundhog Day organizers modern science meteorology say that this tradition’s accuracy is %75 to %90. However, Canadian researchers stated that it is only %37.

Happy Groundhog Day
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Happy Groundhog Day

Groundhog ‘s Day celebrates in especially in Pennsylvania on February 2. There are almost 40 000 people who came together and ready to celebrate this day. During festivals beside assumption of when is spring coming, people get fun, chatting about situation of weather and its effects on their job or life.

Happy Groundhog Day
Happy Groundhog Day

That day is also famous in popular culture. There is a movie starring Bill Murray in same name which is Groundhog’s Day. Also, trio Primus released their album which includes a song which is Groundhog’s Day. Lastly, Bambi ll which is Disney production, Bambi’s best friends visit Groundhog whose shadow determines spring will come or not.

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