Every year, on February 2nd, the United States and Canada celebrate a peculiar little holiday known as Groundhog Day. This strange holiday comes from an old Pennsylvania Dutch superstition, where if a groundhog emerges from from it's burrow on the day and sees it's shadow on a clear day, it will go back into it's den and bring six more weeks of winter. However, if it doesn't see it's shadow because it's a cloudy day, that means spring is coming early. In Germany, a similar holiday exists, but instead of a groundhog, they use a badger.
The annual Groundhog Day Ceremony is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and their groundhog's name is Punxsutawney Phil. The holiday was first reported to be held in this town in 1886 and it was made official in 1887. Today, the town's celebration is the largest on the continent, with more than 40,000 attendees every year. 2021 will be the first year that Punxsutawney Phil will be wearing a mask and the event will held behind closed doors without the presence of fans. The holiday was made famous by the 1993 movie, "Groundhog Day," in which a cynical weatherman (portrayed by Bill Murray) becomes trapped in a time loop and is forced to live Groundhog Day over and over again. The film was a huge box office success and led to a 2016 Broadway musical of the same name.
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