Remembering my Mom on Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day - when the fabled “Punxsutawaney Phil ” forecasts the weather – more winter or arrival of spring. For many, it is a memorable day because of Bill Murray’s famous movie, “Groundhog Day” that takes place at Punxsutawaney, Pennsylvania. According to Wikipedia:
On February 2 (Groundhog Day) each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges with his "wife" Phyllis and "daughter" Phelicia from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles (3 km) south-east of town. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an "early spring." The date of Phil's prognostication is known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada, and has been celebrated since 1887. Punxsutawney Phil became a national celebrity thanks to the 1993 movie Groundhog Day.
Here is a 3:33 video clip from the movie with Punxsutawney Phil himself!
Here are some interesting facts about Groundhog day from Groundhogday.org
Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.
How often is Phil's prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course!
How many "Phils" have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 131 years!
Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the "elixir of life," a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.
On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
No! Phil's forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
- So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
Sounds like serious business! LOL.
Neatees loves the groundhog from BBC’s talking animals. So much so we created a t-shirt in his honor. You can ready about that, and see a video of the darling calling out “Alan” too right here.
Most importantly, Groundhog Day is a special day for me because it was the Birthdate of my dear mom. She passed away nearly twenty years ago. It was so much fun to see the groundhog–themed cards and gifts she received from family and friends. To mom, wherever you are, Happy Groundhog/Birthday.
In summary, Neatees sends happy wishes for Groundhog day, hoping that spring is on the way.