Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Groundhog Day

Guess who gets to spend her birthday watching this adorable, kinda creepy looking- extremely 'large' Groundhog known as, Punxsutawney Phil, very soon....


Since I was a little girl I've always wanted to spend my birthday watching the groundhog come out in person! I know it sounds silly, but sharing a birthday with this little creature's holiday I want to see in real life what it's all about...and I finally get too :)

Some little facts about Phil the groundhog! :)

On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

No! Phil's forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.

The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."

Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.


Ashley said...

I think he's pretty cute! Happy Early Birthday and I hope Spring is on it's way!!!

Melody said...

Sounds like fun! I hope you have a BLAST! It's always looked fun to me too. Are you going to get all dressed up?

Rosie said...

That's so neat that you get to do that on you birthday! Have fun sweetie!

Abbie said...

Have fun! That is near me so I hear about Phil and all of the other local groundhogs regularly! In Punxatawny they make a pretty big holiday of it!

Jess said...

Hehe. You're cute. Hope you enjoy Phil...maybe you'll get to hold him?? :)


Colleen said...

Oh!Cute animal and nice picture.

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