Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's Groundhogs Day!

Today, Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow. This means we'll be having 6 more weeks of winters. Boo hiss!

But what does that mean? Why is a groundhog giving weather forecasts? And for those of you outside of the US and Canada, why the hub-bub over a large rodent?

Groundhog's Day is held on Febuary 2 in the United States and Canada.

One of the more famous locations for this celebration is the small city of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Their groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil and has a lady groundhog friend by the name of Punxsutawney Phyllis.

It's said that if a groundhog sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. But if it doesn't see its shadow, there will be an early spring. The origins of this tradition are unclear, but it may have originated from Europe.

Read more about Groundhog's Day.

Personally, I love Groundhog's Day. I like to get up early each year and watch the news cast of Phil's prediction. Growing up, my mother worked with a woman who was from Punxsutawney. She would send postcards and what-nots home with my mother about Phil and Phyllis. Being a lover of all things furry and cute, I was hooked. It was because of my mother's coworker, I decided to make a groundhog design this year.
(Everyone thank Janice!)
The only improvement upon Groundhog's Day, I can see, is more delicious goodies, because a holiday is not a holiday without delicious goodies.
What goodies do you think we should have for Groundhog's Day?

groundhog by qmnonic

1 comment:

Itsy Bitsy Spider said...

Maybe Phil will be able to see his shadow better now that you have a sunshine award?