EVERY year, 2 February is Groundhog Day in the United States. This day is said to determine if the year will have an early or late spring! According to tradition, Punxsutawney Phil, a legendary groundhog that lives in the borough of Punxsutawney (旁蘇托尼), Pennsyvania (賓夕凡尼亞州), will be invited to come out from the hole it is living in. If it has a shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Otherwise, spring will come soon.
This year, Phil predicted that there will be an early spring! Whether the prediction is accurate remains to be seen.
Punxsutawney Phil is not one groundhog, but the name given to a series of groundhogs that have performed the weather forecast!
Groundhog Day has its origins in European traditions that came to the US. The first documented reference to the celebration in the country is in a diary entry dated 4 February, 1841.
(This article is published on Goodies on 17 February 2016)