Groundhog Day is traditionally celebrated in the United States on February 2. What did the famous American groundhog Phil predict this year?
On this day, the groundhog, who lives on Gobbler Knob Hill near Paxattoni, Pennsylvania, is pulled out of his burrow early in the morning and watched for his behavior. How the groundhog perceives his early awakening, whether he “sees” his shadow, determines the prognosis for the arrival of spring. This time Phil was awakened in the presence of a small number of people because of the coronavirus pandemic – the event took place online.
Phil was dragged out of his burrow, and he was frightened of his shadow – he quickly hid back. That means winter will last at least another month and a half, and the arrival of spring will be late. “There will be six more weeks of winter,” a representative of the Inner Circle of locals who honor the tradition of Groundhog Day solemnly announced.
Several cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada hold festivals on this day celebrating the local groundhog meteorologists, which attract many tourists, but they have all been cancelled this year.