Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania predicted earlier onset of spring.
Its forecast for the animal made during a traditional ceremony, which takes place on February 2,
Groundhog Day, which became widely known thanks to our same film with Bill Murray.
1. On the night of 1 on the 2nd of February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, gathered a few less people than usual - only 15 thousand people. All these people have come here to find out what the forecast will give the US "national weatherman" - Phil the groundhog. Every year on February 2 Phil is removed from the hole to the light to determine whether spring will come soon. If the groundhog sees its shadow, says a popular sign, then heat to wait another month and a half. If there be cloudy weather, the spring is not far off.
2. Groundhog Club members dressed in tuxedos and cylinders, each year climb the hill turkey (Gobbler's Knob), where Phil should one of them "whisper" weather on the ear.
3. The tradition to celebrate Groundhog Day is observed in the city since 1887, and entered it in the New World by German immigrants. However, the role of "predictor" in Germany of the 19th century, according to national signs, carried out a badger.
4. Groundhog Day is celebrated in the United States since 1887 and is accompanied by festivities. Photo: Gathered in Punxsutawney, watching fireworks, which are arranged on the occasion of extraction of the hole Phil.