Rodent holiday — Punxsutawney Phil

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Punxsutawney Phil

102 W Mahoning St
Punxsutawney, PA
1-800-752-Phil(7445)
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Who doesn’t like a good do-over? And a weather-forecasting varmin? On February 2 (Groundhog Day) of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles east of town.

According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an “early spring.” The date of Phil’s prognostication is known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada. He is considered to be the world’s most famous prognosticating rodent. During the rest of the year, Phil lives in the town library with his “wife” Phyllis.

(Thanks to Wikipedia, msnbc.com for the image.)