Traditionally celebrated on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day may seem like an odd holiday.
Regardless, watching a groundhog emerge from its burrow draws in a considerable number of people every year. Whether cute or strange, the unique holiday brings an interesting twist to the month of February.
In short, if the groundhog emerges and does not see its shadow, the spring will come early. If sunny, it will see its shadow, and the winter continues for six more weeks. Festivals held for Groundhog Day take place all over the country. Hundreds of towns host celebrations and fairs, each with their own groundhog.
Today, Punxsutawney, Pa. holds the biggest celebration of Groundhog Day. It includes the holiday’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. This tradition has gone for over 100 years, and draws lots of people every year.
Everyone has varying opinions on this tradition. Providence Academy teacher Mr. Kevin Keiser states he remains fairly neutral towards the holiday, but has driven past Punxsutawney.
PA student Grace Van Dellen ‘18 said, “I like Groundhog day, however it’s hard to have your hopes up for summer, and then have them crushed by a furry 12 pound critter who is given the task of predicting the next six weeks of weather patterns. I think it’s kinda weird we have a tradition of watching a small vermin pop out of the ground, but I can tell you I’d love to meet the person who came up with the idea.”
Others have more practical issues, such as sophomore Alexis Gerulis who asked, “why not a hedgehog? Why does it have to be a groundhog?”
Lucia Orlandi ‘18 said, “this is what happens when a country has too much time.”
Even though the attitudes towards Groundhog Day vary, nearly all agree winter will continue for six more weeks – this is Minnesota after all.