Groundhog Day, a popular traditional holiday is celebrated every year on February 2nd. On this day, according to folklore if the groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees its shadow it will retreat back into its burrow for six more weeks of winter. If the Groundhog doesn’t see its shadow then there will be an early spring.
Groundhog Day was first celebrated in 1887. When hunters observed the groundhog going back into its hole after seeing its shadow. They determined this meant that there would be six more weeks of winter.
Modern customs of this day involve celebrations and early morning festivals to watch the groundhog emerge from its burrow. Social events with food, speeches and skits performed for entertainment. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawaney, Pennsylvania with the groundhog, Punxsutawaney Phil.
So, if Punxsutawaney Phil says we’re going to have an early spring what are you going to do with all the winter gear that’s been piling up? Well if you don’t think you are going to use it next year, you can always donate that gently worn hat, or coat. GreenDrop will come to your home for a charity home pickup or you can visit one of our GreenDrop charitable donation locations.
Do you think we will have 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring? Let us know in a comment!