Monday, February 2, 2009


Punxsutawney Phil
On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
Whathe...I am ready for winter to be over...6 more weeks of winter? That would be until until March 16th add that I live in Idaho and well, it really could still be trying to snow in MAY or June!


CJ, the Purple Diva said...

I know what you mean! I want Spring to come too! Can't get her soon enough!

Karlenn said...

I was wondering if he saw his shadow or not. Dang. I am experiencing some major spring fever. I need to see flowers, stat!!