Top 10 Groundhog Day Sites
From the staff at ClassBrain
The tradition of Groundhog Day originates on Candlemas Day. On this day, clergy blessed and distributed candles for the long, cold winter. Germans added to this tradition by designating the hedgehog as the official means by which the weather was predicted. If it came out and saw it's shadow, then you could expect six more weeks of winter. If it didn't, you could expect an early spring.
When Germans came to America and settled in Pennsylvania, they brought this tradition with them. However, there were no hedgehogs in Pennsylvania, only groundhogs. So the groundhog became the official prognosticator of the winter season.
Top Punxsutawney Groundhog Sites
- The Official Site of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has many great ideas on how to celebrate this unique holiday, beginning with the Groundhog Event Schedule. In youre in Pennsylvania, you can go to dances, ice carving contests, sleigh rides, art shows, a woodchuck whittle carving show, a food festival, family fun night, and more! Learn the history of Groundhog Day, and read about Punxsutawney. There is a special activities section for kids with pages to printout and color, puzzles, mazes, word searches, and songs.
Source: Punxsutawney Groundhog Club
Phantastic Phils! Public Art Project
If youre familiar with New York Citys Cow Art Project, then youll get a kick out of these 20 larger than life groundhogs that are being decorated to celebrate this famous groundhog community. The first pieces of regional art will be unveiled on groundhogs day in 2004.