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Living Realty’s Guide to Chinese New Year 2013: Year of the Snake

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Ahead of the new year, we look at what to expect in the Year of the Snake, including the characteristics associated with the snake and a list of celebrities born in the year of the snake.

One of the greatest things about the GTA and the communities we serve, such as Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga and North York, is the opportunity to work with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

In fact, Living Realty’s team of agents includes many Cantonese- and Mandarin-speaking real estate professionals – a lot of whom have their own roots in China and Hong Kong. Needless to say, Chinese New Year is a cause for celebration at our brokerage!

As the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Dragon comes to a close, we are preparing to enter the Year of the Snake on February 10. Often, the Year of the Snake is reputed for being filled with contemplation, reflection and change. It’s also a year that often tends to bring significant dealings.

Characteristics of the Snake

Those born in the year of the Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, or 2013) are said to adopt the characteristics of this unique and complex creature. They tend to be intellectual, ambitious, and wise. Socially, Snakes are very loyal and committed to their close friends and family. However, they are very cautious in business and tend to be sparse in their communication with colleagues.

Those born in 2013 (or 1953) are born in the year of the Water Snake. Water Snakes are success-minded individuals who are highly driven to achieve their personal goals and desires, in business and other aspects of life. The greatest reward for a Water Snake is to be recognized and rewarded for his or her efforts. Canadian racing legend Jacques Villeneuve Sr. (born in November of 1953) is one famous example. The Living Group of Companies’ very own Chairman Stephen Wong was also born in the Year of the Water Snake!

Famous Figures Born in the Year of the Snake

Many notable individuals – including a good number of Canadians! – have been born in the Year of the Snake. Can you recognize the characteristics above in any of these famous figures?

  • Daniel Radcliffe, actor (1989)
  • Taylor Swift, musician (1989)
  • Jennifer Lopez, actress and vocalist (1969)
  • Paul McCartney, musician (1942)
  • Shania Twain, Canadian musician (1965)
  • Harrison Ford, actor (1942)
  • Frank Gehry, Canadian architect (1929)
  • Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (1929)
  • Brett Favre, NFL quarterback (1969)
  • John Turner, Canadian politician and former Prime Minister (1929)
  • Linda Evangelista, Canadian supermodel (1965)
  • Geddy Lee, Canadian musician (1953)

Are you and your family doing anything special to celebrate Chinese New Year? Let us know in the comments what activities you have planned!

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