Everybody knows about the tradition of Groundhog Day. Despite little credibility of the weather-forecast the critter provides, thousands of people gather on February 2 to find out when spring comes.
Moreover, different states have their own rodents for this occasion; they become some kind of the city’s favorites. If the groundhog sees its shadow and hides back in the hole, we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter. Yet, there some facts about the holiday itself, you probably don’t know about.

What you don’t know about Groundhog Day

1. Groundhog Day has its roots in Germany
In 1887 the German immigrants were the first to predict the weather using an animal in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Originally, they used a badger or a bear for that purpose between the winter solstice and spring equinox.
2. The first Groundhog became a dish
That’s true after the ceremony on the hill, Punxsutawney visitors went to the Lodge for a meal. All dishes were preferably made with a Groundhog. Only after Groundhog Day had become well-known, they excluded the poor animal from the menu.
3. The shadow is a superstitious part
Unfortunately, groundhogs don’t look for their shadow when they pop out of the burrows. In the natural environment, they look for the mates for spring, and then groundhogs go back to sleep. Famous groundhogs don’t hibernate in winter at all because they live in special man-made burrows.
4. Groundhogs aren’t pets
Probably, the most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil. Yet, other states have their own weatherforecast rodents. Sometimes these animals cause troubles. For instance, Jimmy from Sun Prairie, WI, bit the mayor’s ear during the ceremony.
5. The film contributed to the Groundhog Day popularity
After the film with Bill Murray in 1993, the attendance of Groundhog Day dramatically increased. In 2014, thousands of people came to see the Groundhog despite it was Super Bowl Sunday that day.
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