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Happy Groundhog Day & Chinese New Year!


Happy Groundhog Day!

It’s February 2nd and it’s Groundhog Day! Do you think Punxsutawney Phil is going to see his shadow and give us another 6 weeks of winter? I have a feeling Spring is coming early this year although it’s really cold right now. 🙂

Anyway, I always think of the movie Groundhog Day around this time of the year. Isn’t that the last really funny movie Bill Murray made? If you haven’t seen it, you have to watch this classic. What would I do if I have one day to live? Oh man, I don’t think I would like it. I definitely wouldn’t spend it in the office that’s for sure. I probably would take out all the money in the bank and blow it all over town. Heh heh, I guess that’s why so many people are in debt.

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s also Chinese New Year (February 3rd), it’s the day to go home and celebrate with family. I am 2 generations and 2 countries removed from my Chinese roots, but I do have fond memories of Chinese New Year. When I was a kid, I would get lucky money from all the older relatives, that’s the best part of Chinese New Year when you’re a kid. Then we would run all over town and spend money on toys, fire crackers, and snacks. Ahh.. the good old days. Of course now that I’m older, I realize the best thing about Chinese New Year is the time spent with family.

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Here are some fun facts about Chinese New Year.

– The fire crackers are to scare away ghosts and demons.

– Chinese set out food for ancestors to show respect and eat the food afterward. I think it’s set out for only a few minutes.

– 2011 is year of the rabbit. Rabbit people are considered one of the most lucky people because they are talented and are good at making money.

– Everyone cleans up their home thoroughly sweeping out the bad luck and ushering in the New Year. This is suppose to be done before New Year. You don’t sweep on the New Year because it means you’re throwing out good luck.

– Older relatives and friends of family give kids money in lucky red envelopes!

I am not making any more resolutions though. 🙂

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  • LifeAndMyFinances February 2, 2011, 3:34 am

    I love the movie Groundhog Day! I’ll have to watch that again soon.

    I think Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow. Winter is going to be here for quite a while yet!

  • Youngandthrifty February 2, 2011, 3:51 am

    Happy groundhog day and Chinese new year! I believe that married couples have to be giving red pocket envelopes to single people and children. Makes it a good idea to get married later, doesn’t it? 😉

    • retirebyforty February 2, 2011, 9:44 am

      Hmmm.. single people get red envelopes? I don’t think so, it’s just kids. 🙂

  • FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com February 2, 2011, 4:24 am

    I’m screwed then. Was not born a Rabbit.. 🙂

    • retirebyforty February 2, 2011, 9:46 am

      Hope you’re not a tiger. I heard tigers don’t get invited to weddings because they are too fierce. 🙂

  • Invest It Wisely February 2, 2011, 8:50 am


  • Invest It Wisely February 2, 2011, 8:50 am

    Guess no support for Chinese characters?

    That was supposed to be “zhu ni xinnian kuai le!” 😉

    • retirebyforty February 2, 2011, 9:50 am

      What dialect is that? Doesn’t look familiar. My grandparents speaks Chaozhau dialect. Unfortunately, I don’t speak any Chinese dialect.

    • retirebyforty February 2, 2011, 1:51 pm

      This must be mandarin.

  • Melyssa February 2, 2011, 8:51 am

    I’m 64th Chinese, but I don’t think that counts anymore. Although my grandpa does look very Chinese. Either way, Happy Chinese New Year.

    My mom’s husband is half Chinese, so I think my son will be getting a red envelope. That’s going straight to his ESA account.

  • 101 Centavos February 2, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Gung Hay Fat Choy!

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc February 2, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I didn’t realize it was the Chinese New Year too. I’m glad that Phil did not see his shadow because I would love an early Spring!


    Happy GH day and CNY

    • retirebyforty February 2, 2011, 4:38 pm

      Me too! I smelled some flowers last week and I thought cold weather was over, but it’s cold again this week. I’m looking forward to Spring.

  • everyday tips February 2, 2011, 4:15 pm

    I hope you enjoy the New Year!

    I thought of the movie Ground Hogs Day today myself. I was looking out the window and saw a plow go by. About 1 minute later, I saw the plow go by again, but I never saw it backtrack. It was like the same moment was happening over again. I loved that movie, but unfortunately, my 16 year old was not as impressed!

    • retirebyforty February 2, 2011, 4:42 pm

      I reserved the movie from the library and will watch it this weekend. It’s been a long time, I don’t remember it much. Kids are dumb, they don’t know anything. 🙂 j/k

  • Jessica07 February 3, 2011, 9:10 am

    If he’s experiencing the same kind of weather as the rest of us, think Punxsutawney Phil will pop out and be blinded by the snow and ice. The cold will freeze him so quickly that he won’t be able to react. So, until he thaws, we won’t know if he saw it or not.

    • retirebyforty February 3, 2011, 9:34 am

      Heh heh, it’s actually really nice and sunny in Portland these last few days. Hopefully, things will improve for the rest of the country soon.

  • Clay Ivy Finance February 3, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Haha I can’t help but think of that movie every year also. Can that groundhog tell us anything about the stock martket? His pick may be as good as many advisors.

  • Nicole February 3, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Happy New Year!

  • Money Reasons February 3, 2011, 5:38 pm

    Ground Hog day is one of the very few dvds that I own outright! Most of the dvds that I watch I borrow from the library… I also have “What’s up with Bob” (my wife likes this one).

    Like Kris, I’ve been thinking about watching the movie too (it’s almost tradition for my wife and me).

    The character in the movie messed it up though, he was a god! Nothing could kill him and he could do whatever he wanted (well almost, he was stuck in that town)… During the repeating days, he was financially independent since he always got his money back the next day!

    Fun movie!

    • retirebyforty February 3, 2011, 8:24 pm

      I’ll get the movie from the library in a few days. I think it’ll be more funny now that I’m a bit older. 🙂
      You mean – What about Bob? I didn’t think that was funny at all when I saw it years and years ago. Maybe I’ll appreciate it more now.

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