Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring On Groundhog Day 2020

11The movie affected the English language

Years after the movie’s release it gained a cult following and reviewers began to re-watch it and the movie now appears on lists of the best comedy films ever made. It was also deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It also impacted the English language as now the term “groundhog day” is used to describe a recurring situation.

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12The origin of the festival

The celebration has roots in Celtic and Germanic traditions that say that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on the pagan holiday of Imbolc which is on February 2, winter and cold weather will last another six weeks. But, if no shadow is cast then spring will set in early that year.

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13The legacy of the groundhog

The biggest break for the town and for Phil came in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ where the town, people and Phil were featured. Yes, the actual town and festival were featured in the movie that gave it more exposure. The festival had seen a huge increase in people attending it since the release of the movie.

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14In pop culture

Another boost in popularity was seen in 1995 when the groundhog Phil was flown to Chicago for a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. This episode was aired on February 2, 1995, which was seen by millions. This added to the already popular town and festival that saw a huge increase in attendees during the 1996 Groundhog Day festival.

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15There has been some backlash

Although this festival is just for fun and nothing but a tradition there has been some backlash to it. There have been many times where authorities have tried to issue warrants against the groundhog and the handlers for wrong information. Regardless, this has never been entertained by courts or higher authorities.

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