News Display: First Groundhog Day
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 02/01/2017
Uploaded: 04/07/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Groundhog Day, Legend, myth, spring, winter

Description/Abstract: News Display: First Groundhog Day, Thursday, 2/2

Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the setting for the first Ground Hog Day Celebration. On February 2, 1887, Phil, the groundhog, amidst much merrymaking, was reported to have seen his shadow, prompting the forecast for a "long winter". In 2016, many generations of Phil, later, it is for "early spring." What will 2017 hold?

Legend has it that, if a groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. If there is no shadow, then we will have an early Spring. But, do you know about the history of the celebration, whose roots date back to early Christian times, with the distribution and use of candles determining the length of winter? That hedgehogs were later used as a means for the Germans to predict the season? Hedgehogs are akin to groundhogs, otherwise known as woodchucks or whistle pigs (same family as squirrels).

Enjoy the curated display of articles that illuminated the history of Groundhog Day and be on the lookout in your neighborhood for those signs of an early Spring or a long winter...

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