Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring On Groundhog Day 2020

When people hear the name ‘Groundhog Day’ they often think about the classic 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. But, the festival that the movie was based upon still runs strong to this day. Every year on February 2nd in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Groundhog Day is celebrated.

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There is something important about this festival as the groundhog is used to predict the weather. The festival is filled with food and music and their guest of honor Punxsutawney Phil who predicts if winter shall stay for a few more weeks or will spring come in early.

1Who is Punxsutawney Phil?

Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania who became an international celebrity thanks to the 1993 film ‘Groundhog Day’. Each year the residents of Punxsutawney celebrate the legendary groundhog legacy with a festival of music, food, and joy on February 2nd called Groundhog Day. The festival is also famous for Punxsutawney Phil’s incredibly accurate weather predictions.

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2How does Punxsutawney Phil predict the weather?

The festival is celebrated before a winter sunrise. Punxsutawney Phil exits his burrow and if he sees his shadow and returns to his hole this means there are going to be six more weeks of winter-like weather. If he does not see his shadow and wanders out then this means there is going to be an early spring.

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3Since when has this day been celebrated?

This day is celebrated in both the United States and Canada. This has been a celebration going on since 1887. The festival gained more international attention when the 1993 movie ‘Groundhog Day’ was released with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The dress attire for the event is top hats and tuxedos.

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4The festival

The festival is a huge celebration filled with music and food. People have made the traditional festival attire, top hats and tuxedos. Prior to the festival, the Vice President of the Inner Circle prepares two scrolls to be used during the ceremony. One if the prediction is for winter and the other if the prediction is for early spring.

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5How does the festival begin?

The festival begins at daybreak on February 2nd every year. Punxsutawney Phil wakes up and exits his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob which is located in a rural area about 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the town. This is where tries to find his shadow to make the prediction. His reaction and behavior are noted by his handlers and caregivers.

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