by Lyric Evans and Justin Edwards

Every February 2, Groundhog Day comes around. When asked about Groundhog day, sophomores Oliver Hancock and Ethan d’Evegnee had some things to say.

“Groundhog day is when a bunch of people gather in the east coast and they have Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, and pull him out of the ground to predict the weather forecast.” Hancock said.

“I don’t know that much, but they have him in like this little area, and they pull a lion king with him.” d’Evegnee said.

According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow the United States is in store for six more weeks of winter weather. But, if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, the country should expect warmer temperatures and the arrival of an early spring. Chuck, the groundhog in Staten Island, New York, has 80% accuracy on his predictions, and has been correct every year since 2010.

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2016 Evans Groundhogs Day Party invitation Photo Courtesy from Lyric Evans

Groundhog Day may not seem like a big holiday such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, but it’s still recognized by some. Junior Nathan Gehmlich is not one to forget groundhogs day.

“I know that there is a pretty cool movie about it. It’s definitely a classic, about a groundhog coming up too see his shadow.  It’s pretty much a family tradition to watch the movie, I’ve seen it a lot.” Gehmlich said.

Senior Lyric Evans’s Uncle has been a diehard Groundhog fan for over eight years. Every year he throws a personally invited party for family and friends to celebrate with them.

“Epic. E.P. I.C., based around family, super fun, and traditional. We’ve been celebrating Groundhog Day for eight years, it’s been lots of fun.”

When asked why he even celebrated this unusual holiday, he gave a very strong answer.

“Why does the sun come up? It’s all about tradition. I’m mad that we don’t have school closures and banks close down on Groundhog day. Nobody respects the squirrel. I mean Punxsutawney Phil, no one cares about him.” Jason Evans said.

People clearly still celebrate even though it’s not a huge, widely-known holiday like christmas. Traditions are traditions, and some consider Groundhog Day the best tradition of them all.
“We are in Idaho, there are Groundhog Parties all over. It’s huge, thousands of thousands of people get together back in the mid west. It’s just not as forne here in the west.” Evans said.

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