Sunday 24 September 2017
(Week 39)

Groundhog Day 2018, 2019 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Groundhog Day 2018 and Groundhog Day 2019.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
February 2, 2017 Groundhog Day 2017 Thursday
February 2, 2018 Groundhog Day 2018 Friday
February 2, 2019 Groundhog Day 2019 Saturday
February 2, 2020 Groundhog Day 2020 Sunday
February 2, 2021 Groundhog Day 2021 Tuesday
February 2, 2022 Groundhog Day 2022 Wednesday
February 2, 2023 Groundhog Day 2023 Thursday
February 2, 2024 Groundhog Day 2024 Friday
February 2, 2025 Groundhog Day 2025 Sunday
February 2, 2026 Groundhog Day 2026 Monday
February 2, 2027 Groundhog Day 2027 Tuesday

Significance of Groundhog Day 2018

Groundhog Day 2018, coinciding with Candlemas, is a holiday that focuses on the folklore idea of the groundhog (also known as woodchucks) coming out of its home to “predict” the weather. Legend has it that on this morning, if a groundhog can see its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it cannot see its shadow, spring is on the way. Groundhog Day 2018 is observed on February 2 in many states throughout the United States of America.

History of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, historically has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal (the hedgehog) as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they exchanged the hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State. In 1887, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was America's only true weather-forecasting groundhog.

Traditions of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a non-federal holiday and has few traditions. The most significant traditions would involve visits to Pennsylvania and the observation of Groundhogs out of hibernation at this time.

When is Groundhog Day 2018

Groundhog Day 2018 takes place on February 2 annually. The day on which Groundhog Day 2018 falls on changes but the date remains the same; consult the above table for exact dates.
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See also the 2017 Calendar.