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Today is: GroundHog Day

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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So, are you hoping for more Winter, or Spring?

Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.[1]

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,[2] 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 word spoken, with the money put into a bowl in the center of the table.[3]

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition,[4] received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Punxsutawney Phil.[5] 

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by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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IncognitoOne
by ResidentStalker on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:51 AM

 If you click the Punxsutawney Phil link there, there's more cool info :)

kellynh
by Kelly on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I am so going to have to watch that tonight. It has to be on... Come on Bill Murray!! Lol

IncognitoOne
by ResidentStalker on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

DH said one channel would be playing it all day today, but couldn't remember which one.

Quoting kellynh:

I am so going to have to watch that tonight. It has to be on... Come on Bill Murray!! Lol


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JennMcBride
by Jenn on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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 Doesn't matter to me I just want ONE not 3 days of each in one week haha.

4kidz916
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I am sooooo ready for spring.  Bring it on!

NatalieMH
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Exactly!

Quoting JennMcBride:

 Doesn't matter to me I just want ONE not 3 days of each in one week haha.

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IncognitoOne
by ResidentStalker on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Me too!!

Quoting 4kidz916:

I am sooooo ready for spring.  Bring it on!


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mamivon2
by Sandra on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Didnt know it was.. whatever the weather is.. I cant change it,,

IncognitoOne
by ResidentStalker on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

True

Quoting mamivon2:

Didnt know it was.. whatever the weather is.. I cant change it,,


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Rain2Rinse
by Representative on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM
It needs to be spring
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