Groundhog Day comes around on February 2nd, and it’s my favorite day of the year. Today it’s Groundhog day 2022. If the groundhog sees his shadow we could have 6 more weeks of Winter. But if he doesn’t, we could enjoy an early Spring. What did the groundhog(s) predict for Spring 2022? Scroll to the bottom of this page and I’ll update you after “Phil” sees or doesn’t see his shadow.
What Are Groundhogs?
These furry creatures are part of the marmot family. They’re commonly known as groundhogs. However, they’re also known as woodchucks, ground pigs whistle pigs, Canada marmot, and a bunch of other names.
Cute but Destructive?
Groundhogs are awesome creatures but gardeners and farmers don’t like them because they can be destructive. They make burrows and will eat many commonly grown vegetables (protect your gardens!). Some people dislike groundhogs because their burrows can be destructive to lawns and gardens.
The Basic History of Groundhog Day:
Groundhog Day has its origins in a European tradition. The wisdom is that if a hibernating animal (usually a hedgehog) casts a shadow on February 2nd (Candlemas Day) then winter will last another six weeks. The legend states: “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May” If no shadow is seen, there will be an early Spring.
When German settlers came to Pennsylvania to settle early in America’s history, they continued the tradition, exchanging the hedgehog for the indigenous groundhog. The charming tradition lives on, not just in Pauxatauny PA but around the country!