Groundhog Day 2018 is an exciting day that celebrates popular folklore. The tradition dates back to almost 200 years ago, to the German community in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The event is all about relying on a prophecy from Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog that predicts the end of winter and arrival of spring.
The Essence of Groundhog Day 2018
Like every year, Groundhog Day 2018 will fall on February 2, Friday. Thousands of followers of this fantastic folklore celebrate the event while enjoying a public holiday as a feast. The major gathering of the event takes place on a tiny hill in Gobbler’s Knob, a town in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Thousands of people gather around the hill to see when the Phil comes out of his burrow. If the groundhog looks his shadow and goes back to the burrow, then it shows that winter will last for another six weeks. If the Phil doesn’t find his shadow due to a cloudy or a stormy day, then winter is likely to depart, and spring will arrive in few days.
Briefly, on a cloudy day, Groundhog is likely to predict an early departure of winter. On a sunny day, he will prognosticate about a long lasting winter, with the late arrival of spring.
Popularity of Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day 2018, will mark the 132nd prediction by Punxsutawney Phil. Almost 132 years have passed since Pennsylvania celebrated the Groundhog Day, for the first time in 1886. The event has become popular in North America, just like Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade. There is also a certain degree of similarity between two events. Both intend to celebrate the spring, at the midpoint of winter, either directly or indirectly.
The real credit for the popularity of Groundhog Day in modern times goes to a 1992 movie. The hero in this film, who is compelled to report the local Groundhog Day, ceremony in Pennsylvania, becomes frustrated. The fact that he has to live the life of the same event irritates him. He eventually decides to do something different in his time and ends up learning piano.
Facts about Punxsutawney Phil
Another exciting thing about the Groundhog Day 2018, is Punxsutawney Phil; the official Groundhog that predicts the departing winter and arriving spring. The Phil is said to live up to the event, since 132 years, for being immortal. According to reports, Phil drinks the Elixir of Life, a unique recipe, in each summer. One sip is said to add another seven years to his life.
Apart from Elixir of Life, the way Phil communicates his finding over coming out of the burrow on Groundhog Day is also interesting. He talks to the president of Groundhog club, in his language, who that elaborates it to the rest of the followers.
Keep up with prognostications of Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2018, and see If winter departs and spring arrives accordingly or not.