Crazy Fun Facts About Groundhog Day

http://www.parkrideflyusa.comAs every American knows, February 2 is Groundhog Day, and I compiled a few crazy and fun facts.

  1. Punxsutawney Phil’s complete name is: Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.
  2. Groundhog Day emerged from the German tradition known as Candlemas Day.  It fell right in the middle of the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.  Tradition stated that if on Candlemas Day, if the weather was sunny and fair, the next six weeks would be cold and snowy.  However, a hedgehog was the official bearer of news.  When Germans immigrated to the United States, they used the groundhog as its seer.
  3. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is in Punxsutawney, PA. People have gathered there to celebrate since 1886.
  4. A study done by Stormfax indicated that the groundhog has only been accurate 39 percent of the time.
  5. In Canada, a groundhog named Wiarton Willie predicts the weather.
  6. New York City has an official groundhog named Pothole Pete.
  7. Yes, there are groundhog cards.  Check this site out and send one!
  8. A groundhog is also known as a “woodchuck” or a “whistle pig.”
  9. Groundhog Day celebrations are not only held in Pennsylvania, but also across the country.  Bigger celebrations are held in Ohio, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
  10. Punxsutawney Phil has a blog.  (No, I wouldn’t lie about something so important.)

We certainly hope you enjoyed our bit of trivia.  Remember, if you see your shadow and want to get away on February 2, after you book your flight, come to and secure your off-airport parking reservation.  Our vendors provide you with transportation, luggage assistance, and a guaranteed parking space.

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