Groundhog Day 2011: Celebrated Not Only in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania

By on Feb 2, 2011 in Events, United States, Weather Comments

Groundhog Day 2011, which is on February 2, 2011, will not be celebrated only in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania with Punxsutawney Phil, but also in other States across the U.S. This was reported by U.S. local and national news sites, January 31, 2011.

The Groundhog Day originated from Punxsutawney in the 18th century. Since then, every year, Groundhog Day is celebrated nationwide. This is the day when hundreds of people gather to await the weather prediction of a groundhog prognosticator.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, then this is an indication that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then it signifies an early spring.

Although the event has no known scientific basis, thousands of people still celebrate the Groundhog Day and flock to the actual site of the event or watch live telecasts about it.  Everyone looks forward to the prediction.  Games, Contests and lectures are conducted and some States have even adapted their own groundhogs, like the rodent, Milltown Mell, in New Jersey, Buckeye Chuck of Ohio, and Staten Island Chuck in New York.

The prediction of a severe winter storm in the next coming days, by the National Weather Service may affect the much awaited Ground Hog Day prediction in February 2.

An update on the Groundhog Day 2011, is that the famous Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was not able to see his shadow. This indicates that Spring will come early this year.

This is a video of one of the past celebrations of the Groundhog Day as uploaded by plagalcadenze from Sky News.

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