Groundhog Day (English Groundhog Day) is a traditional folk holiday in the United States and Canada, celebrated annually on February 2. It is believed that on this day you need to watch the marmot crawling out of its burrow. By his behavior, one can judge the proximity of the onset of spring. According to legend, if the day is cloudy, the marmot does not see its shadow and calmly leaves the hole, it means that winter will soon end and spring will be early. If the day is sunny, the marmot sees its shadow and hides back into the hole - there will be another six weeks of winter. In several cities and towns of the United States and Canada, festivals dedicated to local meteorological marmots are held on this day, which attract numerous tourists.
In ancient Rome, February 2 was celebrated as the Day of the Hedgehog. The meteorological forecast on this day was based on the behavior of the awakened hedgehog, which saw or did not see its shadow. The peoples of Western Europe have maintained this tradition in later periods. In northern Germany, a badger was awakening at this time. There he served as a spring-winter barometer. Early American references to Groundhog Day have their origins in the traditions of immigrants from Germany known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, who brought their customs to America in the 18th century. In North America, where neither hedgehogs nor badgers were found, the role of the meteorologist passed to the marmot. So, based on the belief associated with the marmot, a tradition was born, which was developed by members of the Groundhog Club from Punxsutawney. Groundhog Day became an official holiday in 1886.
Punxsutawney Phil, a marmot living on Turkey's Hill in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is the very first official meteorological marmot. The festival has been held since 1887. It was this town that became famous in the world after the comedy film Groundhog Day.
Chuck is the official New York City Meteorological Groundhog. He lives at the Staten Island Zoo. Every year on February 2 at 7:30 am he gives his forecast. The mayor of the city is present at this ceremony.
Are the Americans really such idiots ...?