What Is Groundhog Day? Meaning And Some Hilarious Memes
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What Is Groundhog Day? Meaning And Some Hilarious Memes

Jasmyne Jeffery February 2, 2023

Today is the return of February 2 in more ways than one. If you haven’t seen the film, then it might be a tad confusing, but once you have done it a few times you’ll be more familiar with what is Groundhog Day. To save confusion, we explain its meaning and offer a few hilarious Groundhog Day memes to giggle out throughout the day, no matter how many times you live it.

Today is the return of Groundhog Day in more ways than one…okay, that’s enough of that. February 2 is known as Groundhog Day around the world. No, it’s not a storage public holiday or a celebration of an obscure animal, instead, it’s one for film buffs. If you’ve only ever heard of the day and not understood it, we can explain it a little further.

What Is The Groundhog Day Meaning?

Though it was popularised with the 1993 film starring Bill Murray, it’s actually been a North American tradition for many years.

The tradition states that on February 2 every year the groundhog wakes up after six weeks of winter. If it sees its shadow on the day it wakes up, then it said there will be another six weeks of winter. If not, then spring will start early. Though this is the more traditional Groundhog Day meaning, it’s come to mean something else as well.

Groundhog Day is associated with repetition or looping, with the events of the day happening again and again.

The biggest celebration of Groundhog Day happens in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. That’s where the 1993 film is set with Bill Murray playing a weatherman.

February 2 Over and Over Again

Though January feels like it goes on forever, the basis of the film is that February 2 will just keep repeating itself, but only for Bill Murray’s character.

It was the Groundhog Day film that really popularised the idea of the day repeating itself. More than that, the term is now used to refer to something monotonous, repetitive, and unpleasant. The film and its altered meaning had given a new lease of life to the tradition and brought it to a whole new audience around the globe.

Hilarious Groundhog Day Memes

Now you know what Groundhog Day is, it’s time to stop the work day from feeling monotonous. Celebrate February 2 in the best way the internet knows how to and enjoy the following Groundhog Day memes.

Literally, any other song playing on the radio would be fine, but this would immediately panic you.

For those who don’t know, this is a groundhog. Perhaps the weather-telling groundhog will simply have enough of the year already and not make an appearance on February 2.

We’re not sure it has to be Groundhog Day for the day to feel repetitive…

Ah, Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog. The next 6 weeks are in his hands!

Working for not even one day a year sounds pretty ideal, even if we had to be a rodent to do it.

One of our similarities to Phil is the amount we’re shown off when it’s our time to shine.

Even if we don’t fully understand its reasoning, we all know that it’s unlikely that Spring will actually start early.

Now you know the Groundhog Day meaning, we hope your February 2 feels a little less repetitive than other days. Whether you’ve got a groundhog involved or will just be watching the film, let’s hope we only live through the day one time through!

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.