Holidays & Observances: Groundhog Day

For all the posts in this Holidays & Observances series, go here.

Prologue: I have been meaning to write a series about Holidays and Observances that we (my family and friends) follow in both India (my birth country) and USA (my adopted country). This series is dedicated to those. On a side note, perhaps I might witness some of the celebrations from other countries as well that may get their way into this series. šŸ™‚

Ground Hog Day is a popular national tradition observed in United States and Canada on February 2nd every year. It is based on a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrows on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.

The Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s Groundhog, saw his shadow this year o Feb 2nd. Which means we will have six more weeks of winter. Well, with the way winter has been this year, I am not sure if the winter will be colder, but instead we might see early days of warmer times.

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