For some strange reason, Germans decided in 1887 to allow a hedgehog to determine the end of winter. If he sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter, if he doesn’t spring is near. American settlers changed the animal, but kept the holiday. This Thursday will mark the 131st Groundhog Day.
The Groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. At sunrise he crawls out of his hole and, with a startling number of white men dressed in tuxedos and top hats surrounding him, makes his prediction for the year. Last year over 20,000 people attended the live event at Gobbler’s Knob, while millions watched from afar as it broadcasted online and on television.
When Germans immigrated to America and settled in Pennsylvania, they changed the hedgehog to the groundhog. Likely because North America does not have wild hedgehogs, but Pennsylvania is chock full of groundhogs. A large rodent which weighs…
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