Groundhog Day(February 2)

Tomorrow will be February 2nd known worldwide as Groundhog Day. It has Pennsylvania German origins and known as Candlemas Day, Grundsaudaag; Murmeltiertag.

The concept of celebrating this day accdg. to folklore,is that  the groundhog serves as the unofficial weatherman/meteorologist for that day helping people see as to how many more weeks of winter will they have to deal with.

If there’s cloudy weather,the groundhog emerges from its burrow and if the weather is moderate, he continues to stay outside. This will mean that spring will come early.

If there’s sunny weather , the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow. This will mean that winter will continue for 6 more weeks.

Nowadays, early morning festivities occur every Feb. 2nd for those towns which  do observe Groundhog Day.

The largest celebration is held in Punxsutawney,Pennsylvania,USA with their groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil. The town got widely recognized and popular from the 1993 film”Groundhog Day” wherein actor Bill Murray played Phil Connors , an unpleasant and egocentric TV newscaster from Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania,assigned to cover Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. (Has anyone noticed that Phil has the same first name as the groundhog?)

Phil Connors eventually got caught in a time warp wherein he would wake up every 6AM on February 2nd everyday to the radio tune of Sonny and Cher’s “I’ve Got You Babe”. Naturally, he was feeling upset and frustrated that he couldn’t get beyond Feb. 2nd and afraid that he might go insane soon until he started looking around him and using the time warp to improve himself as a person and to help others in the process, improve their lives as well. Only then did the Groundhog Day curse ended for him when he woke up on Feb. 3rd to a different radio tune and as a result, he became a better man, got the girl he secretly loved and decided to make Punxsutawney his home.

From the film context, this is where we got our saying“It’s Groundhog Day all over again!”, meaning that our circumstances appear to not change at all, as if everything’s on instant replay.

Happy Groundhog Day,everybody!


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