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Many American people are joining Groundhog Day today, February 2nd.
Groundhog Day is called Día de la Marmota in Spain, occurring simultaneously with Candlemas, an annual Christian holiday.
In the U.S., states celebrate their own groundhogs, witnessing the busy in some areas around parks and congestion in some streets.
Grounding Day is a part of popular culture in the United States, deriving from the idea of the groundhog coming out of its home to “predict” the weather. However it is not a public holiday in America.
The first Groundhog Day was held in the United States in the 1800s. It was originated thousands of years ago when people in the area of Europe (Germany today) believed on the badger to planning their crops.
The tradition continued by the time when the first German immigrated to Pennsylvania and groundhog was chosen as alternative. They believed that if groundhog does not see its shadow on February, spring is coming. If not, it will be scared and return to its burrow; that indicates winter will be six more weeks after that.
Annually, thousands of visitors flock into Pennsylvania to have memorable moments with various Groundhog Day activities and events on February 2nd. Number of people, including news reporters, locals and visitors gather in The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in the town to listen to weather prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, the official groundhog. It is said that Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) was named after King Phillip. He was called Br’er Groundhog prior to being known as Phil. Different from many weather researchers, groundhog’s fans have no doubt about its precision.
The groundhog, also known as the woodchuck or marmot, is believed to make weather predictions relating to winter and spring according to superstition. Movies, advertisements, cartoons and other media have portrayed the legendary role of the groundhog in popular culture. The term “Groundhog Day” is a phrase that is sometimes used to express if the same events or actions occur repetitively for a period of time.
Canada also celebrates Groundhog Day.
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