The History Of Groundhog Day

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The History Of Groundhog Day

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

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