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Groundhog Day is February 2

Updated on January 14, 2013

Groundhog Day

February 2nd is Groundhog Day! Looking for some information on groundhogs and the Groundhog Day holiday? You're in the right place!

Read on for Groundhog Day history, photos of Punxsutawney Phil, and activities for kids.

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Official Groundhog Day FAQ


Here are some highlights from the Frequently Asked Questions about Groundhog Day. For more great information on the history of Punxatawney Phill and the Groundhog Day celebration in Pennsylvania, visit the official site at

- Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

- On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

- According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

- The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."

- So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.

Groundhog Craft

Here is a cute, easy groundhog craft you can make with an empty cardboard roll. If you don't have a toilet paper tube handy, just use a piece of brown construction paper and tape it into a roll. Get the instructions here Groundhog craft.

Fun Groundhog Fact

Groundhogs eat lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables.

They don't drink much water, because they get most of their water from leaves.

How did Groundhog Day get started?

Groundhog Day was born from a superstition among early German settlers. The settlers believed that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2, winter would last longer. From

Groundhog Activities, Crafts, and School Lesson Plans

Need some ideas for groundhog activities or crafts? Try some of these links for ideas!

Fun Groundhog Fact

A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.

Have you heard a groundhog whistle?

Groundhog Cupcakes - from

Groundhog Cupcakes
Groundhog Cupcakes

These groundhog cupcakes are too cute! Get the recipe and instructions at spoonful. The recipe calls for Almond Joy candy, but I'm sure you can substitute another oval-shaped chocolate candy or cookie.

Groundhog Song - Yes, it exists...

Groundhog song
Groundhog song

So, this isn't exactly about Groundhog Day, but it's the only groundhog song I can find. It's about hunting groundhogs.

Bill Murray and the Groundhog

Bill Murray and the Groundhog
Bill Murray and the Groundhog

Fun Groundhog Fact

Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. It's not just sleeping; it is actually a deep coma, where the groundhog's body slows down almost to death.

Groundhog Day Accessories

Going to a Groundhog Day party? Grab a top hat or a plush groundhog to take along!

Do you have a Groundhog Day story to share? Have you made the trek to Gobbler's Knob?

What do you think of Groundhog Day?

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      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Happy Groundhog Day from Canada! All I can think of is that silly movie "Groundhog Day" LOL!


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