We have officially completed the first month of this new year. And yes, I do feel that my life is completely flashing before my eyes. For the love…today is my brother’s bday and he is 42. Yes…42. How did that happen? You are probably asking what does my brother have to do with Groundhog Day? Nothing except my brother’s bday falls on Groundhog Day.
So the word is that the Groundhog saw his shadow and we will have 6 more weeks of Winter. I’m not sure what this really means to anyone other than just a fun tradition.
In case you are curious about the history of Groundhog Day keep reading.
According to cbsnews.com, “What started as a small gathering in 1887 has now evolved into tens of thousands of visitors from around the nation and even the world coming to Punxsutawney to participate in this time-honored Groundhog Day tradition,” Corbett said.
The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.
Phil (aka the groundhog) has now seen his shadow 100 times and hasn’t seen it just 16 times since 1886, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, which runs the event. There are no records for the remaining years.
The tradition attained a large following with the 1993 Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day,” in which a weatherman covering the event must relive the day over and over again. Before the movie came out, Phil was lucky to have an audience of 2,500, said Mike Johnston, vice president of the Inner Circle.
And while the group has records of Phil’s predictions dating back to 1886, what it doesn’t have is a tally of whether Phil was right.