Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2nd in the United States and Canada. It's based on the belief that a groundhog will emerge from its burrow and either see its shadow or not, which predicts the arrival of spring.
Groundhog Day has its roots in ancient European customs. It was brought to North America by German settlers and eventually became a popular holiday. It's based on the belief that if a groundhog sees its shadow on February 2nd, winter will last for six more weeks.
Groundhog Day is celebrated in many different ways. The most famous celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is brought out to predict the arrival of spring. Other traditions include groundhog-themed parties, parades, and activities.
Several members of Punxsutawney Phil's "inner circle" claimed that at dawn, they summoned him from his stump to see if he'd seen his shadow. And they said, HE DID.
Despite its widespread popularity, there is no scientific basis for Groundhog Day predictions. Groundhogs are able to predict the weather to some extent, but their accuracy is not reliable. The tradition is based on folklore and superstition rather than scientific fact.
Meteorologists are skeptical of Groundhog Day predictions and view them as purely superstitious.