New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later. Yes, Groundhog Day is most certainly an odd tradition, but it's our tradition nonetheless. Since the first reported Groundhog Day results in 1886, Phil has predicted long winters 104 times and an early spring only 18 times (nine years went without records).
The Groundhog Day traditions were observed as usual in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Saturday, despite the temperature of 2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sadly, the animal has seen his shadow for the past two years.
Who Made Punxsutawney Phil Famous? That means an early spring.
No matter what Phil predicts, spring officially arrives in less than seven weeks.
The groundhog pointed his nose toward one, thus making his prediction.
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Jeff Lundy from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club welcomed the largest crowd ever seen on Groundhog Day Saturday as the country learned spring was on the way.
The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, PA, in 1887.
The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on February 2, winter continues. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club now plans a three-day celebration of the holiday at Gobbler's Knob in the town of Punxsutawney.
Other cities have their own groundhogs (such as New York's Staten Island Chuck) with varying levels of accuracy to their predictions.