Friday, February 3, 2017

Punxsutawney Phil's Big Day!


Every February 2, thousands of people from all over the country gather in Gobbler’s Knob, in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to witness a famous groundhog's prediction.

When Phil comes out of his house, the first thing he will do is check for his shadow...
because that's his job.

His shadow (or lack of one) will predict the fate of our seasons.

Here is a handy chart to help illustrate the strenuous task 
of being Punxsutawney Phil on February 2.

Makes perfect sense to me.

What did Punxsutawney Phil predict this time? Watch this video to find out.

When the first settlers arrived in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, they brought with them a German tradition known as Candlemas Day.

If the sun shone on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow which they believed meant another six weeks of winter.

When the Germans first arrived in America, no hedgehogs were to be found. Another similar animal, the groundhog, was here. Believed by the native Indians to be "a wise and sensible animal," the groundhog became the new season predictor.

So it is, that the tradition was born.

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What do you think Phil likes to do in his spare time?

Click the image below for a free printable!

Thanks Phil!