Groundhog Day

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Groundhog Day
United States
Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is an American tradition where the nation's most renowned groundhog takes a stance on the upcoming season. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it predicts six more weeks of winter. Conversely, if it doesn't, it's considered an indication of an early spring.

Observed annually on February 2, Groundhog Day is not a federal holiday, but Americans are typically eager to see if Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, spots his shadow on the same day each year. The day is often celebrated with various events, starting with the sunrise gathering at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club adds to the festivities by organizing talent shows, banquets, and performances leading up to and following the main event.