Groundhog Day Date in the current year: February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day February 2 is Groundhog Day in the USA and Canada. Everyone watches the emerge of groundhog from its burrow, that will predict the coming of the spring.

According to folklore, if groundhog emerges from its burrow on a cloudy day, the spring will come early. If it's sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and come back into its burrow, that means that the cold winter weather will persist for 6 more weeks.

Groundhog Day has got a pagan origin. There as a pagan festival of Imbolc, celebrated on February 1, that included weather prediction. People were watching if serpents or badgers came from their winter burrows. This festival developed into German tradition to predict weather by badger. Early German emigrants brought their tradition to the U.S., but there were no badgers, so they were substituted with groundhogs.

The largest Groundhog Day is celebrated in Pennsylvania. There are different customs, social events and speeches. The festivals begin early in the morning to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow.

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