As you get ready to celebrate Groundhog Day, gather the kids around to listen to Reason #43 to be glad they don’t live in Alaska, the place where Punxsutawney Phil isn't welcome. Back in 2009, Mama Grizzly herself, then-governor Sarah Palin, signed into law Senate Bill 58, which declared a new holiday called Marmot Day. A snub to groundhogs everywhere.
First celebrated last year, Marmot Day is now officially observed every February 2, replacing Groundhog Day. They supposedly ditched the "Groundhog" part of it since there aren't a lot of groundhogs in Alaska.
Okay, technically, a groundhog is a marmot, so we are really just talking about one giant squirrel versus another type of giant squirrel, people.
Nevertheless, Alaskan kiddos are now deprived of watching the TV as Punxsutawney Phil (real name: Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary) wanders out of his burrow. They don’t have the chance see all of the local weatherpeople making really lame jokes. They totally miss their dads trying to quote Bill Murray in the movie of the same name.
So what does one do on Marmot Day in Alaska? Not quite sure. Maybe make papier-mache marmots? Celebrate with Marmot-aroons (like macaroons but in the shape of a marmot)? Organize some sort of Adopt-a-Marmot drive in the cafetorium?
Sadly, no marmot will take on meteorological duties. That’s a shame. Though, with this being only the second Alaskan Marmot Day, I am holding out hope. I’m pulling for a Manokotak Marty or perhaps a Minto Mick.
Oh, and Reason #42 to be glad you don’t live in Alaska? Moose-droppings on your patio.
What do you think of Marmot Day? Does it need some good old fashioned celebrating like Groundhog Day?
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