Each May people all over the world celebrate the birthday of Happy Groundhog Day. For those of you who don’t know Groundhog Day is based on the novel by Bill Wong. Bill Wong said he took the book to his office and just kind of stared at it for about 45 minutes before writing the book. The book became so popular that it went on to become a movie and a TV series.
Groundhog Day was made popular when Bill Murray took the role of the last patient trapped in the hog house. Murray’s character goes through the same routine each day and finds himself reliving Groundhog Day over again. He says that he likes to be like the other men and women in the town of Groundhog Day because he gets to escape and not have any trouble for the rest of Groundhog Day. Every year, when the weatherman makes his prediction, he has to say the same things each time.
Groundhog Day started in Punxsutawney, PA when Bill Murray’s friend Lorrie went into town to buy a dog. While walking home with her, she passed by a woman named Rita who sat in the passenger side of a car. As they drove, Rita noticed something interesting about the woman. Upon further inspection of the passing scenery, Rita noticed a dog tied to a telephone pole. Thinking it might be a lost pet, she asked the strange woman for the name of the owner and entered the Pokedex to find the owner sitting under a streetlight.
Groundhog Day Messages:
- Good Morning! Happy Ground Hog Day Americans’! God Bless America!
- Happy National Hedgehog Day 2022!! My favorite toy is my hedgehog toy that makes funny noises, like a pig!
- It is all cloudy, not even sunshine brightens our days. Where is sunshine bring back our happy days again soon?
- America is just weird. Groundhog Day?!? We’ll celebrate any goddamn thing
- This is a tradition that I enjoy. Pretty sure he will not see his shadow today.. we shall see.
- Great way to start the day! Different…but still great to carry off a fun tradition.
- well with it snowing I am sure he won’t see his shadow except there are so many lights he should be able to!! I want more winter!
- Everyone did a fantastic job with the virtual event. Love our Punxsutawney Phil!! Happy Groundhog Day 2022!!
- The groundhog had no patience nor was he the one to play
As predicted by the Pokedex, the owner was a Groundhog Day addict who always got to repeat the same phrase, “I’m just like Groundhog Day.” When asked what she had in mind for the perfect day, she replied, “A day where I get to wake up and the weather is wonderful.” Groundhog Day is when the weatherman sends us out on a wild goose chase with a new catch each time. This could also apply to anyone who feels they have been trapped in Groundhog Day once too.
According to legend, on this day in 1839, a crazy man with dementia robbed a bank. He thought the money was still in the bank, so instead of using it, he dumped it in the nearby sewer. When the townspeople asked what happened to the money, the crazy man told them it went to the round hole. On this day in Pennsylvania, the German settlers brought a heater to the underground shaft to warm it up.
A curious thing happened after the Germans started to bring heating to the shafts. People began to think that Happy Groundhog Day was coming again. A prediction for early spring said there would be cold weather, snow, and Happy Groundhog Day would happen again. Many people believed these predictions because they happened so close together.