Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States.
It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
• If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
• If the day is cloudy and, therefore, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog that is traditionally watched on Groundhog’s Day. The ceremony begins before sunrise, and when Phil emerges from his underground home on Gobbler’s Knob the townspeople watch carefully to see whether or not he sees his own shadow.. This tradition has taken place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania since 1887.