Groundhog Day

February 2nd marks the day for groundhogs to predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. It can be a fun day to celebrate by making it a day of hibernation as a couple or for your family.

To announce the news if the groundhog has seen their shadow or not, make pancakes or stack doughnuts resembling a groundhog with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Or pack treats like cookies and cutout sandwiches for lunch.

In the evening, create a burrow of several blankets and pillows on the living room floor with your favorite candies and popcorn to watch a movie (Groundhog Day) or play some board games. Even have a bowl of nuts to munch on! Enjoy the night to be grateful for the next season or continued season of spring or winter.

 

Lolli and her family lives in Washington, DC and started a new tradition of making a special dinner to celebrate Groundhog Day.

“Earlier today, we were talking with the kids about Groundhog Day – what it means, what happens on Groundhog Day, how long it’s been a tradition. My husband decided that we needed to start a new family tradition and find a new recipe to prepare and eat every Groundhog Day. After a little bit of brainstorming, our 14-year-old son suggested a recipe with ground HOG (ie, ground pork), which we ALL thought was perfect.”

 

History of Groundhog Day

On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.

 

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Photography: Lisa – Bearfootbaker

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