It looks like Winter will be hanging around for a little longer according to Philly’s resident rodent forecaster.
So where did this tradition start?
A little history :
The Groundhog Day tradition can be traced to Candlemas, an early Christian holiday where candles were blessed and distributed. Those who celebrated Candlemas decided that clear skies on the holiday meant a longer winter.
The Germans eventually began to believe that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow — predicting six more weeks of harsh winter weather. And it was the Germans who brought this belief to the United States.
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was founded in Punxsutawney, Pa., in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters. The editor of the Punxsutawney newspaper was a member of the club, and he claimed that Punxsutawney Phil was the only true weather-predicting groundhog. Eventually the furry Pennsylvania rodent became famous (courtesy of silive.com).
I think Bill Murray’s character Phil Conners in Groundhog Day said it best, “This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype ! ”
Guess I’ll keep those boots and coats in the closet. until next time . . .