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Groundhog Day

Though Groundhog Day proper is a North American tradition of fairly recent origin, its historical roots stretch back to ancient pagan midwinter celebrations and the medieval Christian feast of Candlemas. This year Groundhog Day takes place on Sunday, February 2, 2014.
  1. Famous Groundhogs

Feb. 2, 2014: Groundhog Sees Shadow, Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter
Reuters reports that Punxsutawney Phil "emerged" from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob this morning and saw his own shadow, which means, according to folklore, we'll see a long winter and a late arrival for spring weather this year. (Results from your local groundhog may vary.)

If a Groundhog Sees His Shadow, Why MORE Winter?
Cecil "The Straight Dope" Adams tries to help us get clear on the concept of Groundhog Day.

Candlemas History
From The Catholic Encyclopedia, the origin and history of the February 2 feast day also known as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin.

Groundhog Day History
A cornucopia of Groundhog Day lore – from Candlemas rites to Punxsutawney Phil's TV confrontation with Oprah Winfrey.

Punxsutawney Phil: The Groundhog Behind the Myth
From LiveScience.com, a bio of Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the world's most famous rodent.

How Accurate is Phil?
The spoilsports at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have compiled data to suggest that in recent years Punxsutawney Phil's predictions have been no more accurate than the average TV weatherman's.

How Do You Know Whether the Groundhog Sees His Shadow?
Slate's Timothy Noah traces Groundhog Day traditions back to their pre-Christian pagan roots.

Don't Be a Groundhog in Your Own Backyard
From About: A tongue-in-cheek look into the curious Inner Circle of the February 2 festivities in Punxsutawney, PA as portrayed in the "Groundhog Day" movie, followed by - get ready - garden pest control tips. Follow these tips to avoid pulling a "Groundhog Day" in your own backyard.

Groundhog Day and Chinese Astronomy
There's more of a connection than you might have thought!

Groundhog Day Questions & Answers
What in the heck is Groundhog Day, anyway? About's Pittsburgh Guide Kimberly Powell sums it all up.

Punxsutawney History
A long but interesting history of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and its major claim to fame (besides its poetic name), Groundhog Day.

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