According to the hundred-year-old-plus tradition, which is strange as it is renowned, Punxsutawney Phil, the famed meteorologist groundhog, emerged on February 2nd once again this year to search for his shadow.
As the tradition goes, whether the groundhog sees his shadow forecasts whether there will be six more weeks of winter or we will have an early spring.
This Groundhog Day, Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter are coming.
According to History.com, Groundhog Day’s origins trace back to Candlemas, a Christian tradition in which clergymen would bless and give out the candles needed to survive the winter cold. The Germans took it into the zoological realm by selecting a hedgehog as the animal who might determine how long the winter would be. When said Germans immigrated to America, hedgehogs were less in abundance, so they switched to groundhogs.
Ever since 1887, therefore, Punxsutawney Phil (not the same one, mind you) gives his prediction each second day of February.
This year, hundreds gathered to watch Phil look for his shadow. After surveillance by several old white men in top hats, the verdict was passed down.
“Your hands and my paws are getting cold,” a ceremony leader read from a tiny scroll. “So here is my forecast, not lead, but solid gold. I see my royal shadow; six more weeks of winter to go.”
Watch above, via The Washington Post.
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