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Groundhog Day

A holiday celebrated on February 2.

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Feb 3, 2010
A day just like any other, except on this day imprisoning animals and forcing them to perform for humans is actually celebrated. Just wrong!
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Quick Tip by . February 01, 2011
This is one of the dumbest holidays ever invented. If it weren't for the Bill Murray movie, I wouldn't give it a second thought. It is amazing that this is not one of the holidays that Hallmark has jumped on. They seem to have a card for almost every meaningless holiday of the year.
Quick Tip by . February 02, 2010
Cute holiday, but I'm not so sure about a groundhog predicting weather for me! :P
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Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2. It is held in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The holiday also bears some similarities to the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas. It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 1 and also involves weather prognostication.

Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges (Grundsow Lodges) celebrate the holiday with fersommlinge, social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g'spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime or quarter, per ...
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