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Groundhog Day

February 2 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient pagan celebration of Imbolc, which falls on February 2, midway between the spring equinox and winter solstice. Ancient Christians also celebrated Candlemas on February 2. During this holiday, the ancient Germanic people observed a badger’s behavior to predict the weather.

The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated in 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob, 2 miles outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The name Punxsutawney comes from the Delaware Tribe whose members settled the area in 1723 and their word “ponksad-uteney,” which means “town of the sandflies”


February 2
12:00 am - 11:59 pm