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What is Groundhog's day?  
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What is
ground hog
day?
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 (Grundsow Lodges)
celebrate the holiday with fersommlinge, social events in which food is
served, speeches are made, and one or more g'spiel (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 worldwide attention as a result of the 1993 film of the
same name, Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and
portrayed Punxsutawney Phil.
19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as
opposed to a groundhog. It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic
calendar, which is celebrated on February 1 and also involves weather prognostication. and to St. Swithun's Day in July.

Historical origins
The groundhog (Marmota monax) is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels.
Statue of groundhog Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario

An early American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, dated February 4, 1841, of Berks County,
Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris:

Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his
winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as
the weather is to be moderate.

In Scotland the tradition may also derive from an English poem:

As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and rain
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop

Groundhog Day  the movie, is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray and Andie
MacDowell. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story by Rubin.

Murray plays Phil Connors, an egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual
Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. After indulging in
hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.

Self-centered and sour TV meteorologist Phil Connors (Bill Murray), news producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman
Larry (Chris Elliott) from fictional Pittsburgh television station WPBH-TV9 travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the
annual Groundhog Day festivities with Punxsutawney Phil. Having grown tired of this assignment, Phil grudgingly gives his
report and attempts to return to Pittsburgh when a blizzard shuts down the roads. Phil and his team are forced to return to
Punxsutawney and stay in town overnight.

Phil wakes up to find that he is reliving February 2. The day plays out exactly as it did before, with no one else aware of the
time loop, and only Phil aware of past events. At first he is confused, but, when the phenomenon continues on subsequent
days, he decides to take advantage of the situation with no fear of long-term consequences: he learns secrets from the town's
residents, seduces women, steals money, drives recklessly, and gets thrown in jail. However, his attempts to get closer to Rita
repeatedly fail.

Eventually, Phil becomes despondent and tries more and more drastically to end the time loop; he gives ridiculous and
offensive reports on the festival, abuses residents, eventually kidnaps Punxsutawney Phil and, after a police chase, drives
into a quarry, evidently killing both himself and the groundhog. However, Phil wakes up and finds that nothing has changed;
further attempts at suicide are just as fruitless as he continues to find himself awaking at six o'clock on the morning of
February 2 with the clock radio on his nightstand playing "I Got You, Babe" by Sonny & Cher.

When Phil explains the situation to Rita, she suggests that he should take advantage of it to improve himself. Inspired, Phil
endeavors to try to learn more about Rita, building upon his knowledge of her and the town each day. He begins to use his
by-now vast experience of the day to help as many people around town as possible. He uses the time to learn, among other
things, to play piano, ice sculpt and speak French.

Eventually, Phil is able to befriend almost everyone he meets during the day, using his experiences to save lives, help
townspeople, and to get closer to Rita. He crafts a report on the Groundhog Day celebration so eloquent that all the other
stations turn their microphones to him. That evening, Phil presents Rita with a lifelike bust made of snow, and they kiss for the
first time; as they kiss, Phil is surprised as snow begins to fall, which is a departure from his recollection of the day's events.
They retire together to Phil's room, and he wakes the next morning to find the time loop is broken; it is now February 3, and
Rita is still with him. After going outside, Phil talks about living in Punxsutawney with Rita.
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