Year of the Monkey

Say Hello to Year 4714!

Chinese NY SF

Photo Credit: FunCheap SF

If you’re a fan of New Year jokes and haven’t had enough “See you next year!” action in celebration of 2016, you’re in luck! Today is your another chance at making that silly joke once again, because tomorrow, we enter the year of 4714 on Lunar Calendar.

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

Celebrations have started all over the world for the Chinese New Year and beginning tomorrow, February 8th, we enter the Year of the Monkey. Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks and each block has a time-length of one year instead of one month. The Monkey is the 9th animal out of the 12 and we won’t see another Year of the Monkey until 2028. Here are some highlights of the Monkey zodiac sign:

  • Personality: Intelligent, curious, agile and sociable.
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8.
  • Lucky colors: White, golden, blue. (Go Warriors!)

If you were born in the Year of the Monkey, you would be interested to know that you have at least one thing in common with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Photo Credit: CBS Local

San Francisco will be celebrating the new Lunar Year with a parade in sponsorship with Southwest Airlines. The parade will take place on February 20th at 5:15 PM. Here are the highlights of the parade:

  • Elaborately decorated floats
  • School marching bands
  • Martial arts group, stilt walkers, lion dancers, & Chinese acrobatics
  • The newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA
  • The Golden Dragon carried by over 201 feet long with a team of 100 men and women, it’s always featured at the end of the parade as the grand finale; it will be accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers.

If you’d like to find out more information about the parade as well as the parade route, follow this link to visit the official Chinese Parade webpage. If you’re interested in the traditional events that take place at the Chinatown throughout the year, follow this link to visit the official San Francisco Chinatown webpage.

Superb Owl



Ran out of beverages because of the countless amount of commercials you’ve been forced to watch throughout the game? Fun fact: In 2014, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert had protested the litigiousness of NFL on their trademark and came up with the name Superb Owl, which received a shoutout from National Geographic a couple of days ago in promoting their Photo Ark project.

Now that some of you have listened to Lady Gaga sing the national anthem glamorously; watched Coldplay, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé perform during the halftime and seen the Broncos win Super Bowl 50, let’s go over some interesting things that took place in the city within the last couple of days in honor of Super Bowl:

BART had its sixth-busiest day of all time with 528,679 riders for Super Bowl festivities in San Francisco. (SFGate, February 2016)

Bart SB

Photo Credit: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle

Beer trucks had fun driving–well, climbing down the famous hills of San Francisco.

Coors Light

Photo Credit: San Francisco Magazine

Metallica melted AT&T Park.


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Pharrell Williams made people happy at Pier 70.

pharrell 2

Photo Credit: Radio Alice, CBS Local

The Super Bowl City reached its limits and thousands of Alicia Keys fans couldn’t enter after the capacity was reached to the limit.

Alicia Keys SB

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…and just before the game today, numerous mysterious triangles were spotted in the sky of the Bay. It’s suspected to be a Doritos ad, but no official statements yet.


Photo Credit: SFGate



Before wrapping up this Sunday post, I’d like to proudly announce that the very first Sunday hashtag of GGU Social is going to be #SmarterEverySunday (or #SES). Due to lack of submission for the contest I’ll be gifting myself a free t-shirt because rules are rules, right? Feel free to share your submissions for #SmarterEverySunday if you want to be featured on the blog by e-mailing us at!

Keep an eye out for the Wednesday post for the Wednesday hashtag and expect more details to be announced on next Thursday’s Valentine’s Day Mixer.


Until Next Year (Wednesday),

Tarik A.


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