Groundhog Day 2021:
Groundhog Day on February 2 is when we ask are in for six more weeks of Winter? Only a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil remembers for sure. Each year on Groundhog Day, people gather to Gobbler’s Doorknob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to expect the forecast of the local rodent celebrity. Originating with German settlers, who came to Pennsylvania in the 1700s and brought their seasonal superstitions with them, legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow on February 2, the winter chill will continue. Strangely, if the climate is cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, we can assume warmer temperatures and early spring. Groundhog Day is a tradition to be cherished. And certainly, it is also a flick starring Bill Murray.
Covid-19 prevents crowds from viewing Punxsutawney Phil.
Groundhog Day is on February 2, and we set with bated breath to discuss whether or not winter will continue for extra six weeks. Although this holiday is inferred from a Dutch superstition, the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ starring Bill Murray is intimately linked to this holiday. The covid-19 pandemic supposes Groundhog Day won’t be the same in a Pennsylvania center long compared with a prognosticating rodent. Organizers announced Punxsutawney Phil would foretell whether spring will come early or winter will last longer in 2021 without the usual people gathered at Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill only outside the city around 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Phil and his inner band on Feb. 2 will give the forecast virtually employing a live internet stream and website, organizers said.
“But it has been determined that there will not be any in-person attendance or guests on the grounds as the potential Covid risks to overcome are too great,” they said. Organizers will continue to monitor the pandemic. “It is doubtful, but it if it is determined that we can logistically, and safety holds any in-person activities related to Groundhog Day, we will make that information available if developed.”
The annual event has its source in a German story that says if a furry rodent pitches a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring begins early. Records beginning to 1887 confer Phil has predicted longer winters more than 100 times. The 2020 forecast called for an early spring.
HISTORY OF GROUNDHOG DAY
The Dachs was German-speaking immigrants who lived in Pennsylvania. They formed their own take on the story of Candlemas in the 18th and 19th centuries, bringing the native Groundhog’s culture as their annual weather announcer. Candlemas involved the ministry blessing and spreading candles needed for winter. The Dachs transformed the concept by selecting an animal to predict their requirements for winter.
The first-ever Groundhog Day was founded by a local newspaper editor Clymer Freas 1886, who converted Groundhog hunter and local businessman and all Punxsutawney Groundhog club members on the concept of Groundhog Day. Together, they all moved their way to Gobbler’s Knob where the Groundhog would vote on the weather. Today, a group called the inner circle using top hats conducts the official actions on February 2 in a Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, where tens of thousands of people visit the day’s events every year.
Studies have shown no clear correlation between a Groundhog finding its own shadow and following spring arrival. According to German lore, the badger known as Dachs is their forecasting animal. A separate tale of ideas states that clear weather on the holy Christian day of Candlemas would often inhibit winter from being prolonged.
Groundhog lore recommends much about Punxsutawney Phil. He takes a magic ‘‘elixir of life’’ every summer, giving him seven more years to live. He has been predicting since around 1886, and a badger’s life spread is around six years roughly, so go figure. There is also probably only one Phil and any other groundhogs who try to do what he does, are imposters. He is said to express to the club president on the day, in front of the companies in Groundhogese which is agreed and then translated.
Groundhog’s Day concept is simple, but there are plenty of traditions followed on this day. The largest being the crowd of people at Punxsutawney at the split of dawn to witness Punxsutawney Phil arising from his hole. The event is live-streamed and has a cult following. Dirt pie is the food traditionally baked and served, and references to Groundhogs can be seen everywhere. Of course, watching the classic movie ‘Groundhog Day’ on this day has also become an annual tradition.
GROUNDHOG DAY ACTIVITIES
Arrange some popcorn ready because this is perfect. Starring Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray, it’s about a TV weatherman ironically called Phil, who includes an annual Groundhog Day event, only to take caught up in a time ring and have his day recurred, forcing him to relive the same day. It’s a great movie, and a great way to commemorate this day.
Sing the Groundhog Day song; You can locate it online, but surely, there’s a Groundhog Day hymn. Get it and sing along! “We’ll light the big green candle, and eat some rhubarb pie, Gimme a kiss, it’s Groundhog Day, and groundhogs do not lie… There are other cool songs of the same name too, by musicians like Wale and Eminem so check those out.
Do some Groundhog trivia; There are so common cool and delightful things to learn about our pals, the Groundhog. Like did you know they have 22 teeth, they can whistle, they’re vegetarians, and they avoid the taste of chicken?
WHY WE LOVE GROUNDHOG DAY
- Turn misery into magic. The entire point of this day is about prediction. If Phil foretells early spring, people can become a miserable winter into the sun, and if he doesn’t, they know what’s to come and so can design. So, win-win for everyone.
- Phil Connors is trapped. The movie ‘‘Groundhog Day’’ has so much sense and suggests why we love this festival. This movie is advised if you feel trapped, looking for love and interest in your career, or simply if you’re feeling down. It’s a great reminder of how being pierced can open your vision for change and ask yourself, ‘‘what would I do differently?’’
- Weirdo’s unite This is an oddball festival but due to its long-standing tradition Groundhog Day has built up quite a following. Phil left his home at 7.20 am, the talking in Groundhogese and the interpreting a Groundhog’s news is all so odd that it makes it all so cool!