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From the Ipswich Tribune

December 29, 1927 edition

GROUND HOG DAY

The idea of Ground Hog day seems to be of German origin. In Germany however, it was the badger that foretold the weather February 2. When the first Germans coming to America brought this belief with them, the common ground hog or woodchuck was adopted in place of the badger, because the latter was not so well known here. But the belief that the weather on February 2 predicts warm or cold weather for six weeks to come dates back to the fifth century, when the festival of Candlemas was established.

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