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Groundhog Day

Definition: Groundhogs are suppose to come out of hibernation on February 2 to see how the weather is doing. If the sun is shining and they see a shadow they are said to be frightened and go back inside. Those who believe this groundhog lore say it means there will be six more weeks of winter.

February 2 falls halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It has been celebrated for thousands of years, since the time of the Celts. Catholics refer to this day as Candlemas.

Also Known As: Candlemas

At Kids' Turn Central:

Groundhog Day
Will the groundhog see his shadow? Find out!

Elsewhere on the Web:

Wiarton Willie
Canada's famous groundhog.

Punxsutawney Phil
Philadelphia's famous groundhog.


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