Today is officially Groundhog Day, and it’s hitting people a lot harder than usual this year.
People rushed to make the same joke about the classic Bill Murray film on Twitter on 2 February, as we all woke up to another day of the coronavirus pandemic.
The classic 1993 comedy movie sees Bill’s character, cynical TV weatherman Phil Connors, reliving the same day again and again and again, after becoming trapped in a time loop while covering an annual Groundhog Day event in Pennsylvania.
Groundhog Day is a popular tradition observed in the United States and Canada on 2 February, which derives from a superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its hole and sees its shadow and goes back into its hole, it means winter will persist for six more weeks.
But more recently the term Groundhog Day has come to refer to feelings of déjà vu thanks to the film – and after nearly a year of living under Covid restrictions, the date felt particularly significant this year and had everyone referencing the movie on Twitter...
To celebrate the Groundhoggiest of Groundhog Days, Sky Cinema is showing the film on loop all day today too...
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to listen to Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe on repeat.