MIAMI.- How many more weeks of winter do we have to endure? You have the answer, Groundhog The Phil. This woolly beast will come out again on February 2nd to, before the believers, predict the number of remaining weeks during which the cold will prevail.
Every February 2, the Groundhog Day, an original celebration of Europe which over time reached Canada and the United States. Tradition shows that if this curious animal sees its shadow, there will be at least six more weeks of winter, otherwise, winter will come without failures.
In 2023, Phil the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter when he stepped out of his home just after seven-thirty in the morning (Pennsylvania local time) and saw his shadow, which meant winter higher.
In 2022 he also predicted that winter will be longer. And what’s more, this event coincided with the tragic death of the New Jersey groundhog, Milltown Mel, the night before he was supposed to go out to forecast the weather.
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Groundhog Club coach AJ Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who predicts the weather for 2021.
As the story, during the Day of candlesChristians worshiped with candles to bless them and pray that their homes would be protected from the plagues of winter.
Over the years, the tradition changed and the sun began to be used to make projections about the weather, especially about low temperatures. Later, in Germany, a hedgehog was introduced to the previously mentioned tradition, who through his shadow would tell how many winters or bad weather they would have.
The Día Internaciona De web portal reveals that the German community brought the tradition with them to the United States and Canada, but they replaced the hedgehog with a hibernating animal, the marmot.
Over the years, Groundhog Day has been celebrated every February 2nd.
Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Every state in the US has its own groundhog for the celebration, however, one of the most famous places is the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a place that has continued the tradition since 1887 and where the groundhog they consider official, Punxsutawney Phil, resident. .
Believers and travelers come from all over the country to witness his emergence from the pit, an event broadcast through streaming platforms because of its great relevance.