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Groundhog Day

Feb 2

WAKE UP, PIGGIES! IT'S GROUND HOG DAY ... IT'S GROUND HOG DAY!

It's official! One of the most lauded of guinea pig weather-predicting cousins, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today, predicting an early spring! 🌷

Got your own weather prognosticating groundpig? <br><br> Groundhog Day, an offshoot of Candlemas Day, began as a European and Pennsylvania German custom in the 18th and 19th centuries. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog sees its shadow and retreats back into its burrow, auguring six more weeks of cold winter! <br> <br> Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks or “whistle-pigs.” The familiar name woodchuck actually has nothing to do with wood, and stems from the Native American names for them: wuchak, wejack, and possibly otchek, which is a name for fishers. The name whistle-pig, which is most common in Appalachia, stems from groundhogs’ habit of making a high-pitched whistling sound (hmmm ... sound familiar), usually as a warning to other groundhogs when they feel threatened. #wheekwheekforspring

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