“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.” — Bill Murray as Phil, in the movie Groundhog Day
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When is Groundhog Day celebrated?
February 2nd, every year.
Why does this illustrious tradition occur on February 2nd?
While there are a few European winter holidays that relate to Groundhog Day, the Celtic celebration of Imbolc is the closest and most likely what the German immigrants from Pennsylvania had in mind when Groundhog Day began.
Where does the country’s largest Groundhog Day celebration take place?
The largest celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, Pa., where people have gathered to watch Punxsutawney Phil predict the weather since 1886.
True or False: Punxsutawney Phils predictions are correct 75 percent of the time.
False. Sort of. Though the leaders in the town of Punxsutawney claim Phil is ALWAYS right, the StormFax Weather Almanac, Phil has been right less than 40 percent of the time.
What’s another name for a groundhog?
Groundhogs and woodchucks are the same animal, known scientifically as Marmota monax.
What is the origin of the word Punxsutawney?
The Delaware Indians first settled in Punxsutawney and gave it its unique name.
With all this talk of Punxsutawney Phil, some of you might think of the 1993 film Groundhog Day. Who was the star of that movie?
Bill Murray played TV weatherman Phil Connors, who gets stuck in an interminable cycle of Groundhog days when he travels to Punxsutawney, Pa. to cover the festivities.
i wish we didnt have 6 more weeks of winter i want to go outside
groundhog day is so cool u cant even mess with it
Groundhog day is a very popular event I would like to know more because i only got a 50%
I got 87.5% That is a lot I was cold to day i should had look at the news 🙁
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I got 50%. I don’t know that much about groundhog day…
I think that groundhog day is a good day to celebrate if where going to have an long winter or a early summer. Also it always gets everybody going and excited to see what he said.
I’m so glad that spring is coming early this year!!! It’s such a fun thing to watch.
I am glad that the groundhog didn’t see his shadow. Because I want spring to come and winter to be over so I can go camping.
A groundhog is a cool animal I ever saw!!!! <3
I’m trying the quiz…
Yeah early spring
Ground hog day is one of the best days to watch, It has the cutest animals ever
Grown hog day is so fun.
good questions fun to do with friends!! you should do more questions like this for a lot of subjects.
that quiz is very hard and not amazing.
yeah no more cold weather bye bye old man winter.
Groundhog Day is a fun event in history to learn about!