Oh…. you didn’t know? Pennsylvania’s annual holiday is coming up on Saturday. FREAKING GROUNDHOG DAY. The best day of the year.
I’m a Pittsburgh native that grew up with Groundhog Day celebrations in school and in my community. When I moved to the Midwest, I didn’t realize how much I would miss that party. The truth is, Groundhog Day really is a party.
Never heard of Groundhog Day? Simply put, it’s a silly tradition where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is pulled from a tree stump two hours outside of Pittsburgh (in Punxsutawney) every February 2nd and provides a weather prediction. If he sees his shadow, winter is extended for six more weeks. If he doesn’t, spring comes six weeks early. That’s the family-friendly story anyway… for the rest of us, it’s an excuse to party.
Since I miss celebrating this holiday in my native Pennsylvania so much, I figured I’d throw my own “Groundhog Feast” and invite some friends over for a good time. This way, we can either complain about or celebrate Phil’s prediction together!
Wanna have a feast yourself? Here’s what to do.
- Get a turkey: This isn’t because we want Thanksgiving 2.0 (although you can certainly do that) it’s because it’s what Phil would want us to do. Those turkeys are always stealing groundhog food in the wild, so now it’s payback time.
- Make a tasty sauce: Definitely make some sort of berry sauce. groundhogs like berries.
- Light woodsy smelling candles: Celebrate the natural groundhog habitat.
- Have Groundhog Day (the movie) playing on repeat: …because duh. Although you should know that the movie was mostly shot in Illinois, and not the real Punxsutawney. The real Gobbler’s Knob is not a town square – it’s in the middle of woods.
- Welcome your guests with the Pennsylvania Polka: This song right here.
Now you’re ready for a party! Are you hoping for an early spring?