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Why is Groundhog Day Even Still Celebrated?

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It’s that time of year again folks. The time of year where we let a groundhog tell us what the weather and seasons are going to be like six weeks from now. And for the second year in a row Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. Although, if I’m remembering correctly, we still had a decent amount of winter past when it “should” have ended last year.

Groundhog Day has always been an enigma of a tradition to me. The tradition dates back to 1887 and is said to have come from European lore. However, in that lore a badger or sacred bear predicted the weather.

It seems almost odder that this tradition ONLY dates back to 1887 because something this strange in nature, predicting a season based on an animals shadow or lack thereof, seems like it would have much older origins. It’s also extra funny that it’s even still “celebrated” as the whole how much longer will winter last thing doesn’t extend beyond areas that experience an actual four seasons throughout the year.

All-in-all, it seems rather silly that we still even talk about, write about, or participate in anything Groundhog Day related, because really what’s the point? But if you’re a citizen of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, you at least have the festivities to look forward to.

Old, but informative HuffPost article explaining the history of Groundhog Day.

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