Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Christina Kopnitsky, Writer

Being a citizen of Pennsylvania, you are probably familiar with Punxsutawney Phil, the local groundhog.  Groundhog Day is celebrated annually and originated around the year 1886. If Phil sees his shadow upon being pulled out of his burrow, six more weeks of winter is said to follow.

If you want to head on over to Punxsutawney for the 130th Anniversary of Punxsutawney Phil, he will be pulled out of his burrow at 7:25 AM on February 2. It’s an exciting event that you should experience at least once in your lifetime.

Did you know:

  • The only true forecasting groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil; the others are just impostors.
  • Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip.
  • A groundhog was used for this holiday because a groundhog coming out of its burrow is a true sign of spring.
  • A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed.
  • Germs and insects naturally leave groundhogs alone.

So do you think Phil will see his shadow this Groundhog Day? 

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