GROUNDHOG DAY 2018

Animals are closer to nature than human beings.  This is a sad reality for mankind who had chosen to live in their created concrete and glass jungle.  People need to observe animal behaviour to understand nature.  Notably, animals have chosen to live in their original habitats.  But those who have been born or grew up in captivity had been found to have difficulties surviving the wild.

When is the Groundhog Day in 2018?

Groundhog Day is observed on February 2, 2018, a Friday.

Groundhog Day is always observed in the United States of America and Canada on the second day of February each year.

The origin of the Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day is a famous custom in America which originated from Europe.  In the olden times, the first settlers of Pennsylvania comprise of Germans.  The area was well populated with groundhogs that looked similar to the European hedgehogs.  The hibernating animals are considered most intelligent, clean and sensible.

Similar to the archaic Candlemas folklore, the Groundhog Day activities is highly supported by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.  Its first observance was featured in the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper in February 2, 1886.  To this day, people watch the groundhog look for its shadow upon waking from its winter hibernation.

The Groundhog Day celebration:

Activities for this special day is headed by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and sponsored by many business and government institutions.  The activity starts at 7:20 in the morning when Phil, the well-known groundhog, comes out of its burrow at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

A picnic is held while Phil eats breakfast consisting of fruits, lots of greens, vegetables and water from the dewy leaves.  After observing the weather, Phil starts looking for its shadow.  Once found, Phil returns to his burrow for an additional hibernation of six weeks.  On the other hand, Phil will stay above ground when it couldn’t find its shadow.

When is the 2019 Groundhog Day?

The Groundhog Day is on February 2, 2019, a Saturday.