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​Four Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day

Contributed by: Heath Combs

This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather,” Bill Murray as Meteorologist Phil Connors in Groundhog Day

You may not have heard the news yet.

This morning furry forecaster Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, according to the Washington Post. So spring should be upon us soon. But be careful of planning a spring vacation too soon. Those groundhogs designated as Phil over the years have only been right about 39% of the time.

Let’s take a look at some fun Groundhog Day rituals:

  1. Watch Groundhog Day. Did you know that the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day is now known for its weighty philosophical undertones? Or that the film has been taken up by a number of religions and philosophical schools as a teaching tool? Learn more about this “morally complicated and powerful story” in a great National Review piece from 2005. In 2006, the Library of Congress added Groundhog Day to the National Film Registry.
     
  2. Take a trip to Gobbler’s Knob. The first Groundhog Day took place in 1887, at Gobbler’s Knob (a very highly rated destination according to Trip Advisor) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, there is a bonfire at the Knob from approximately 3:00 a.m. See you there.
     
  3. Learn more about the origins of Groundhog Day. According to the History Channel, Groundhog Day “has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter.” Read this article to get a better understanding of how this turned into Groundhog Day.
     
  4. Learn more about Groundhogs. Groundhog day gives us a chance to learn more about a creature we’d likely know little about. Did you know groundhogs greet each other with: “an odd variation of the eskimo kiss: one groundhog approaches and touches his or her nose to the mouth of the second groundhog.” Or that groundhog burrows are so complex that they have "bathroom" chambers?
We here at Truliant hope you had a great Groundhog Day.

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