Happy Seollal, Soompiers! Welcome to the Year of the Snake!

Wait, what does “seollal” mean? “Seollal” is generally referred to as Lunar New Year’s Day and is therefore based on the lunar calendar. Several countries like India, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal observe this holiday. In Korean, it’s written as 설날. This year, it falls on February 10 and the day before and the day after are also observed as national holidays.

It is one of two most important Korean traditional holidays. The other would be Chuseok, which we’ll save for another day. If you happen to be visiting Seoul that weekend and want to head to a different city, beware! You’ll be stuck in traffic for a very long time. Many children who grew up in other parts of the country have immigrated to the capital for various reasons like higher education, more opportunities and/or wanting to be cool. Either way, they have settled in Seoul and when Seollal comes around, there’s a big exodus and the city almost resembles a ghost town.

Some of the customs involve performing ancestral rituals (재사 “jesa”), eating soup with sliced rice cakes (떡국 “tteokguk”), children performing traditional bows and receiving money from elders (새베 “sebae”), and playing folk games like tradition board game (윶놀이 “yunnori”).

Do you also know that the animal zodiacs are changed each year on Lunar New Year’s Day? Which means, say goodbye to the year of the dragon and usher in the year of the snake! And to celebrate, I’ve decided to compile pictures of a large handful of celebrities born in the year of the snake! There are many celebrities out there, much more than this list. So if you don’t see your favorite celebrity on this list, give a shoutout in the comments section!

And here are some interesting tidbits about snakes:
They are good communicators, but don’t say much. They are wise, are focused and accomplish their goals.

On the other hand, they can be jealous and suspicious. They are also very independent and sometimes doubt other people’s judgment.

Regarding any type of relationships, they are most compatible with oxen and roosters while they should avoid people in the year of tigers and pigs.

Without further ado, flip through the gallery to see who’s born in the year of the snake! And do you think they match the traits of snakes?

Kim Woo Bin (actor) 7/16/1989

Ailee (singer) 5/3/1989

Kim Hee Sun (actor) 6/11/1977

Kwon Hae Hyo (actor) 11/6/1965

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon (singer) 3/9/1989

ZE:A’s Moon Jun Young (singer) 2/9/1989

PSY (singer) 12/31/1977

So Ji Sub (actor) 11/4/1977

BEAST’s Yoon Doo Joon (singer) 7/4/1989

Wonder Girls’ Sunye (singer) 8/12/1989

Won Bin (actor) 11/10/1977

Lee Jong Suk (actor) 9/14/1989

Girls’ Generation’s Jessica (singer) 4/18/1989

Wonder Girls’ Ye Eun (singer) 5/6/1989

Kang Ji Hwan (actor) 3/2/1977 

SHINee’s Onew (singer) 12/14/1989

BEAST’s Yong Jun Hyung (singer) 12/19/1989

Kim So Eun (actor) 9/6/1989

Ji Sung (actor) 2/27/1977

Girls’ Generation’s Yuri (singer) 12/5/1989

CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa (singer) 6/22/1989

Secret’s Jeon Hyosung (singer) 10/13/1989

Kim Hye Ja (actor) 10/25/1941

Kim Bum (actor) 7/7/1989

Kim Tae Won (guitarist) 4/12/1965

Big Bang’s Daesung (singer) 4/26/1989

2PM’s Wooyoung (singer) 4/3/1989

Infinite’s Kim Sung Kyu (singer) 4/28/1989

2AM’s Jokwon (singer) 8/28/1989

Tell us who your favorite snake is!