Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring


Crucially, in the actual Groundhog Day ceremony yesterday, Punxsutawney Phil predicted that spring will be coming soon, so bless that cute little land beaver and cross your fingers they're right.

If, however, it sees a cloudy day, then spring will come early.

But where did this freaky tradition come from?

Phil's predictions are not made on the Groundhog Day, they are made before February 2 by the inner circle.

Groundhog Day's roots extend much further back in history than its American tradition.

Can you really believe a groundhog when it comes to predicting the weather?

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In the Scenic City, Chattanooga Chuck saw his shadow, meaning he is predicting six more weeks of winter.

The tradition was part of the Christian celebration of Candlemas Day, which marked a halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. On Candlemas, the clergy would bless and give out candles to last congregants for the rest of winter. The custom was brought to the United States by German immigrants arriving in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th century. The holiday involves people taking candles to church to have them blessed in order to bring good fortune, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Chattanooga Chuck, a distant cousin of our friend Phil, will make a similar, if less opulent, appearance Saturday morning at 10:30am at the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey lobby.

The first observance of groundhog day was in Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, and this is still where the largest celebrations are held today (and is where the famous film is set).

Rime developer Tequila Works has announced that it's teaming up with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality to release Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son on the PlayStation VR.