On February 2nd, Trapper Rob takes special care to celebrate Groundhog Day. As a wildlife trapper, it is always important to understand and respect the animals rescued out of customer’s properties.
- He refuses to acknowledge his own shadow
- He releases any trapped groundhogs
- He does the same thing he did the day before, over and over again
- He learns an Indian rain dance for cloud cover to hide all shadows
- He moves to Pennsylvania where he can celebrate the holiday all weekend long
- He watches the movie Groundhog Day
- He watches TV at 7:25 AM to see what Punxsutawney Phil does in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
- He serenades local wildlife that burrows underground for winter
- He practices saying, “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
- He eats a groundhog diet of green beans, apples, and bananas
Groundhog Day Culture
Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges celebrate the holiday with social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more plays or skits are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime or quarter, per word spoken, put into a bowl in the center of the table.
The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the eponymous 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Punxsutawney Phil.