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If Super Sunday entertaining wasn’t your thing, then perhaps another round of New Year’s revelry is more your style. It’s time to take out the broom and sweep away the winter doldrums with a Chinese New Year gathering: the Year of the Snake is celebrated on Feb. 10.
The Snake is the sixth year of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 years (and 12 different animals) total. Contrary to Western stereotypes about snakes being a fearful animal, Chinese folklore looks upon snakes as lucky.
Ancient Chinese wisdom went so far as to believe that finding a snake in your home was a good omen, and meant your family would be well fed and prosperous. In fact, during certain Chinese spring festivals, people like to paste the paper-cut ‘Fu’ character, which means happiness, and combine it with a snake twisting around a rabbit onto their doors. This popular pattern is a sign of abundance and wealth in the year ahead.
If you were born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 or 2001, you were born under the sign of the snake. According to Chinese Astrology, a “Snake” person is a smart person. People born during the Year of the Snake are said to be endowed with wisdom and with deep philosophical understanding. They are born thinkers who excel in finding solutions to complex problems.
Enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, and refined, the Snake in the house is considered a good omen because it means your family will not starve. People born in the Year of the Snake are considered keen, cunning, intelligent, wise, and good at business. They also are typically sophisticated, and their choices for home decoration are cultured.
Famous people born in the Year of the Snake? They include Bob Dylan, Greta Garbo, Art Garfunkel, Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin, Dorothy Parker, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Virginia Woolf, Ben Stiller, Charlie Sheen, Darwin, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martha Stewart, Pierce Brosnan, President Abraham Lincoln, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, and Grace Kelly.