Groundhog Day

Monday, February 2, 2015

                                                                     What is Groundhog Day

The first time I heard about Groundhog Day was when I watched the movie, The Groundhog Day. If you haven't already seen this movie, I would definitely recommend it. It has all the right things that early 90's Hollywood movies had. The movie is about this bitter/jaded reporter who is sent to cover the Groundhog Day festivities in a small town. He's stuck in a loop where he re-lives Feb 2nd over and over again , kinda like Edge of Tomorrow , minus the guns and of course, Tom Cruise.

I watched this movie back when Google hadn't really made a grand entrance and we had to put in some kind of effort to read and figure out things. Ahh..those good ol' days! I figured out from watching the movie that every Feb 2, America (in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania) lets a Groundhog (His name is Phil, btw) figure out how long the winter is going to last.

Apparently, this tradition goes back to 1887. I guess I got the basics right because this is how Wikipedia defines Groundhog Day

 "If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow and the winter will persist for six more weeks" .

Yup, Groundhog Day is as simple, cute and old-fashioned, as that.

Happy Groundhog Day! It's official..We have six more weeks of winter! Did you see your shadow today?

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