A sign in Chinatown, San Francisco.
In Chinese numerology, 8 is associated with the symbol meaning infinity (an 8 turned 90 degrees), which is why the Summer Olympics are scheduled to open at 8:08:08 p.m. tonight (8/8/08) in Beijing. In Cantonese, the number 8 八 is considered to invite sudden fortune, prosperity, power, manifestation and material accomplishment. The number 888 is believed to mean three times the prosperity.
The Chinese concept of numerology is based on the I Ching and mystical traditions. The Chinese are very superstitious about numbers and carefully choose telephone numbers, house numbers, car number plates and anything else involving numbers. Much emphasis on number significance is based on the phonetic sound of that number. The numbers 6, 8 and 9 are considered lucky numbers, as their homophones have favourable meanings.
In Cantonese, the yin number 8 reads as ‘fa,’ which means making a great fortune in the near future. Hotels, airlines and businesses have sums of the number 8 in their telephone numbers, as these supposedly carry a good omen or blessing for the ‘prosperity’ of the enterprises. Telecommunication companies and car registration authorities have unwritten rules to charge extra for each number ‘8’ on telephone numbers or license plates.
Of course, whether or not this day heralds a spate of luck for the Olympian athletes in smog-filled Beijing remains to be seen.
One unlucky day
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