Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog famous for his yearly predictions on the arrival of spring based on whether or not he sees his shadow, made his appearance Tuesday morning as he emerged from his burrow. It has been reported that the famous groundhog did not see his shadow, and according to lore, there will be an early spring.
This tradition, whose beginnings remain muddled, began about 130 years ago. Each year on February 2, Groundhog Day is celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where the groundhog emerges from his burrow on Gobblerís Knob. People gather together at the site of Philís home to see if he sees his shadow, giving us six more weeks of winter. On the flip side, if he doesnít see his shadow, we will have an early spring. In parts of Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges celebrate the event where food is served and entertainment is offered. The origin is believed to have begun in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s from immigrants of German descent. There are others who believe that custom goes back to the holiday of Candlemas and to early Christianity in Europe.
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