“It’s Groundhog Day…again.” – Phil Connors
According to tradition, the groundhog awakes from hibernation and emerges from his hole today, in the exact middle of winter, in order to check on the weather. If it’s sunny, he will see his shadow, get scared and return underground, giving us six more weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy, he won’t see his shadow and will remain aboveground, giving us an early spring.
Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday of the entire year. I love it because it has the perfect balance between popularity and obscurity, it’s a uniquely North American observance, it has some history behind it, it requires no shopping or decoration, and it’s just silly and fun. The 1993 Bill Murray film that shares the same name as the holiday is my favorite movie of all time. I have watched it more often than any other film and I can recite large portions of the script. I have already watched it twice this year and I might watch it again later today. It’s of course rather ironic that I’ve watched that particular movie so many times!
In case you’re wondering, the most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow this morning. Don’t put away your jackets just yet.