Groundhog Day 2018
Groundhog Day falls on the 2nd of February every year, regardless of the day of the week, and Groundhog Day 2018 is no exception. Coinciding with another holiday, Candlemas, Groundhog Day is an American pop-culture holiday that revolves around weather predictions made by a groundhog.
When Do We Celebrate Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is always on the 2nd of February and has been celebrated since the 1800s. Originating in Pennsylvania by German settlers, the holiday coincided with another holiday under similar beliefs, Candlemas. It was believed that if an animal made an appearance on Candlemas Day, it could cast a shadow; predicting six more weeks of winter.
It has been celebrated yearly ever since, with ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ making weather predictions each year. Although it has been celebrated since the 1800s, Groundhog Day in Gobbler’s Knob (as we know it) only began in 1887.
Why Do We Celebrate Groundhog Day?
Animals have been used in cultures for centuries as symbols of many different things. Some cultures believed that animals could make predictions. It has long-been believed that the groundhog we see every year is able to predict the weather using his shadow, on Candlemas day.
Groundhog Day is not considered a national or federal holiday. It is celebrated each year in a variety of ways. Schools teach children about the culture surrounding the holiday and people make their own journeys to see Punxsutawney Phil themselves.
For most of the country experiencing winter, the first week of February is almost the middle of winter. Groundhog day has become a cultural holiday that splits the winter up, providing a celebration during the coldest and darkest time of the year.
The holiday has been made into songs, featured in books, and even created into a movie. Punxsutawney Phil has been a culture icon for decades. Groundhog Day as it is celebrated in America does not exist anywhere else in the world. There are however, quite a few countries and cultures that still hold the sale beliefs that the original founders believed regarding Candlemas.