#OnThisDay It’s #GroundhogDay! America’s favourite rodent meteorologist Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter: Every year thousands of people converge on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney each Feb.02: #AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Feb.02: The first Groundhog Day was held on #ThisDay in History 1887, at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/7893 Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather……..Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State. In 1887, a newspaper editor belonging to a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was America’s only true weather-forecasting groundhog………The line of groundhogs that have since been known as Phil might be America’s most famous groundhogs, but other towns across North America now have their own weather-predicting rodents, from Birmingham Bill to Staten Island Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam in Canada……..The 1993 movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray popularized the Punxsutawney celebration and the usage of “groundhog day” to mean something that is repeated over and over………….Today, tens of thousands of people converge on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney each February 2 to witness Phil’s prediction. #Groundhog #sixmoreweeks #PunxsutawneyPhil #OTD

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