Groundhog Day is observed annually on February 2nd.
A central theme is the groundhog, like Punxsutawney Phil, predicting the weather
The tradition has its roots in European weather lore and was brought to North America by German immigrants.
The most famous groundhog, residing in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is the centerpiece of the Groundhog Day celebration.
Punxsutawney's celebration draws thousands of spectators, with Phil's prediction being a major highlight.
The date coincides with Candlemas Day, a Christian festival marking the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Punxsutawney Phil is cared for by the Inner Circle, a group claiming him as the only true weather-forecasting groundhog.
The accuracy of Phil's predictions is a subject of humor and skepticism, with scientific evidence dismissing the groundhog's forecasting abilities.
The tradition gained cultural prominence through the 1993 comedy film "Groundhog Day," starring Bill Murray. The film's plot involves a character reliving the same day repeatedly, exploring themes of personal growth.