Georgia towns celebrating groundhog day

Some towns in Georgia do celebrate Groundhog Day. The city of Lilburn, for example, holds an annual Groundhog Day event where they predict the weather based on whether the groundhog sees its shadow or not. Similarly, the city of Atlanta has a Groundhog Day celebration in which a groundhog named General Beauregard Lee makes a weather prediction. These events are usually held on February 2nd, which is Groundhog Day.

Where did groundhogs get there power to predict spring and winter?

Groundhogs do not have a real power to predict spring and winter. The tradition of Groundhog Day and the belief that a groundhog can predict the weather dates back to ancient European cultures, such as the Celts and the Romans, who associated the hibernation of animals with the changing of seasons. In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the tradition was brought over by German settlers and has evolved into a yearly celebration where the appearance of the groundhog is used to predict the arrival of spring. The idea is that if the groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day (February 2nd), it will return to its burrow, indicating that there will be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog does not see its shadow, it is believed that spring will arrive early. However, this is more of a folktale and superstition than a scientific prediction.

Ancient Groundhog Day Festival