The legend of the February groundhog represents the near end of animal hibernation and the soon to begin spring. The myth states that the groundhog comes out of his hole after hibernation, if he sees his shadow (it’s a sunny day) then he views it as an omen of six more winter weeks and returns to his lair for more sleep. If the rodent doesn’t view the shadow (it’s a cloudy day) then he sees it as a sign of spring and stays atop the ground.
The Origin in America
German immigrants were the initial settlers in Pennsylvania, which has an abundant number of groundhogs in the state. They saw the American groundhog being very similar to the European hedgehog, which was revered as an intelligent animal, so wise that the return to it hibernation home meant another six weeks of winter was forthcoming.
Punxsutawney is a town in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, northeast of Pittsburgh. Its most famous resident is Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog that, on February 2nd, rises from his home on Gobbler’s Knob, located just southeast of town, to make the annual prediction. Punxsutawney Phil became an international celebrity thanks to the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, starring comedian Bill Murray.
Every year, thousands of people gather in Punxsutawney for the celebration. Regardless of the forecast from Phil, the masses celebrate the soon to end winter and beginning of spring.
Here at Heritage Custom Signs & Displays, we celebrate Groundhogs Day by encouraging all employees to reflect on their recent winter and envision the upcoming spring. As we have grown, so have our team, we see the near future as more opportunity to grow our company and serve our customers.