The History Of Groundhog Day
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  • 1. Groundhog Day
  • 2. Table Of Contents
    • Origin
    • History
    • Celebrations
    • Quiz
  • 3. Origin Of Groundhog Day
    • Began as a Pennsylvania German custom in the 18 th and 19 th centuries
    • Its origins can be traced back to European weather lore
    • Has connections to the religious holiday Candlemas which is also celebrated on February 2
      • The weather on Candlemas Day was used to predict when spring would come
  • 4. Origin of Groundhog Day cont.
    • Candlemas is marked by the lighting of candles to celebrate the end of the Christmas season
    • The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old Scottish verse:
      • “ If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”
        • So how did a groundhog become the symbol for a holiday that had once been celebrated with candles…
  • 5. Origin Of Groundhog Day
    • Romans had a similar holiday that used a hedgehog to make the weather call in early February
      • Ancient beliefs held that spring could be predicted by hibernating animals leaving their burrows, dens, etc.
    • European settlers in North America continued the tradition but replaced the hedgehog with the native groundhog
  • 6.
    • Groundhog
      • Member of the rodent family
      • Often referred to as a woodchuck
      • Only mammal to have a holiday named in its honor
  • 7. History Of Groundhog Day
    • Groundhog Day is a North American tradition…it is celebrated across the United States and in Canada!
    • It is celebrated every year on the same date… February 2.
  • 8. History Of Groundhog Day
    • The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • 9. What Happens on Groundhog Day?
    • The groundhog exits its burrow
      • If he sees his shadow, he will leave his burrow signifying that winter will end soon
      • If the groundhog does not see his shadow he will supposedly retreat back to its burrow and winter will continue for six more weeks
  • 10. So…will he or won’t he?
  • 11. http://www.gojp.com/groundhog/shadow.html The Shadow Report
  • 12. Celebrations
    • The largest groundhog day celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • 13. Celebrations Up to 40,000 people gather to celebrate the holiday at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney
  • 14. Quiz Time!
    • http://www.theholidayspot.com/groundhogday/quiz.htm
  • 15. Sources
    • The Origin & the Belief, http://www.theholidayspot.com/groundhogday/theday.htm
    • Groundhog Day, Is It Spring Yet? http://wilstar.com/holidays/grndhog.htm
    •   The Shadow Report, http://www.gojp.com/groundhog/shadow.html
    • Happy Groundhog Day quiz, http://www.theholidayspot.com/groundhogday/quiz.htm