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Groundhog Day – History and Fun Facts

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Since 1887, Groundhog Day is a day in which predictions are made regarding the remaining days of winter and a long-awaited appearance of spring. The very first Groundhog Day was held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and it featured the rodent meteorologist that we’ve all come to know and love.

However, Groundhog Day wasn’t just a brilliant idea drummed up by bored Pennsylvanians who were clearly tired of winter’s cold. Groundhog Day actually has roots in Candlemas, an ancient Christmas tradition in which clergymen would bless and distribute candles needed by parishioners for winter’s long, cold days and nights. The candles were supposed to represent the length that winter would hang on before spring would bloom.

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