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National Wear Red Day

 

2

 

Groundhog Day

 

3

 

Super Bowl LIII

 

4

 

National Homemade Soup Day (RECIPES)

 

5

 

Chinese New Year

 

6

 

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival [Feb 6th - 9th]

 

7

 

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival [Feb 6th - 9th]

 

8

 

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival [Feb 6th - 9th]

 

9

 

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival [Feb 6th - 9th]

National Pizza Day

Valentine "Red Blend" Wine Tasting Event

 

10

 

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards

 

11

 

Barnelopet Maasto Hiito Trails

 

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13

 

National Italian Food Day (RECIPES)

 

14

 

Valentine's Day

 

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Presidents Day (VIDEOS)

 

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National Margarita Day

Parade of Confections

 

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February 2, 2019

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog merging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat back into its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early. The weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger (German: dachs) is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter. The Groundhog Day ceremony held at Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania has become the most attended. Grundsow Lodges in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the southeast part of the state celebrate them as well. Other cities in the United States and Canada have also adopted the event. The 1993 movie (Groundhog Day) helped boost recognition of the custom, and the celebration has spread even further afield. In 2009, Quebec began to mark the day (Canadian French: Jour de la Marmotte) with its own groundhog.

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