The diversity of Pennsylvania is shown in the range of festivals and events held annually in the state. The attention of the country is focused on Punxsutawney each February as the emergence of a groundhog from its burrow portends, according to lore, the number of weeks remaining of winter. Charter Day is celebrated each March at many of the state’s historical sites and museums, commemorating the granting of a charter to William Penn to found the Pennsylvania colony. The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema screens an array of international and independent films during its two-week run in May. Some of the world’s best young baseball players step up to the plate each August during the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport.
During December of each year Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, becomes Christmas city in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem in the Middle East.
Pennsylvania has ample outdoor facilities for both summer and winter sports. Particularly popular are fishing, swimming, boating, hunting, hiking, and golf. Skiing is also popular; ski areas are concentrated in the Pocono Mountains in the northeast and the Allegheny Mountains in the southwest. Several professional sports teams are based in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, including the Philadelphia 76ers (basketball), the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins (ice hockey), the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (football), and the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball). "Pennsylvania" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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