Groundhog Day is a Canadian tradition that is also celebrated in the United States. Groundhog Day 2020 is February 2.
GROUNDHOG DAY ORIGINS
The tradition comes from a Pennsylvania Dutch belief, stating that when a groundhog comes out of its burrow, what he’ll do next will predict whether or not winter will continue.
If the groundhog comes out of its burrow and sees its shadow, it goes back in. This means that winter will continue for six more weeks.
If the groundhog comes out of its burrow and doesn’t see its shadow, it’ll meander around outside for a bit. This means that spring will come early.
While the entire Groundhog Day tradition has no scientific basis, it remains very popular.
GROUNDHOG DAY 2020 TRADITIONS
Among the most popular Groundhog Day ceremonies are held in Punxsutawney, PA. Their groundhog is called Punxsutawney Phil. The first recorded Groundhog Day celebration in that city was in 1886.
It wasn’t until 1993 that Groundhog Day became super popular, thanks to the Bill Murray movie of the same name. Today, over 40,000 people go to Punxsutawney to watch the groundhog come out of its burrow.
If you can’t make it all the way to Punxsutawney, Visit Pennsylvania has provided a convenient live stream for you.
GROUNDHOG DAY 2020 IN CANADA
Canada has its own groundhogs too.
Wiarton Willie, hails from Wiarton, Ontario, while Shubenacadie Sam is from Nova Scotia.
Other notable Canadian groundhogs include Manitoba Merv from Manitoba and Balzac Billy from Alberta.
Let’s not forget Lucy Lobster from Nova Scotia.
La belle province also has it’s own groundhog, with Fred la marmotte of Val d’Espoir, QC making the predictions for Québec.
GROUNDHOG DAY 2020 RESULTS
SHUBENACADIE SAM Longer winter, six more weeks.
WIARTON WILLIE Early spring.
FRED LA MARMOTTE Early spring.
PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL Early spring.
MANITOBA MERV Early spring.
BALZAC BILLY Early spring.
LUCY LOBSTER Longer winter, six more weeks.
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