What Do The Numbers Mean To Chinese?
For example, they will consider four to be unlucky because the character four (Si4) has almost the same pronounciation as the word 'die' (Si3).
For Cantonese, this is even more obvious because they pronouce four as 'say3'; which is also sound like 'die' (say2).
Therefore, it won't be surprise if you go around Asian residences and found that they don't have the house number 4, 14, 24, 34, etc; or even there's no 4th or 14th floor in some buildings.
Instead, they will put 3A, 13A, 23A, 34A or 3A Floor or 13A Floor etc in replacement.
Fascinating, isn't it?
Well, I'm not exactly a number guy, for I believe in the working of the Karma: you reap what you sow.
To me, believing in these number is a kind of superstition.
But well, since it's very common for Chinese, and because Chinese New Year is coming, I'm going to share with you a lucky number: E-I-G-H-T.
The word eight (ba1) sounds similar to the word 'prosper' or 'wealth' (fa1), short form of (fa cai).
If you've noticed, most Chinese will greet each other "Gong Xi Fa Cai" during the Chinese New Year period. The word Fa Cai is the same word as the one above, meaning, "Wishing You Wealth" or "Wishing You A Prosperous Year!"
For Cantonese, the word eight (baat3) sounds the same as the word 'prosper' (faat3) as well.
Another saying is that, the roman character 88 has a visual resemblance with the word 'double joy', a popular decorative used for weddings, birthdays of a very senior person, festive celebrations etc.
This word 'double joy' is made up of 2 'joy' (xi) characters.
There's also a claim that a telephone number with all the digits being eights was sold for USD$270,723 in Chengdu, china!
And if you've notice, the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm (local time).
So, I guess Beijing must be very prosperous since then!
In addition, a man in Hangzhou offered to sell his license plate reading A88888 for RMB 1.12 million (roughly $164,000 USD).
In my country, people will go to the extend to get good numbers for their car number plate, 8 are normally included. And they have to pay an arm and a leg to get those numbers, and it's good money for the road authority in my country.
Frankly, I wouldn't do that for my car number plate.
But, this is what I'll do... for you.
From today... err... yes 18 January. (There's an 8 in it *wink*)
From today onward until February 9, 2009, I'll be running a Triple 8 Promotion for all my websites.
This means, you'll get to save from $8.88 up to $38.88 from your purchases:
1. Tai Chi Breathing:
A direct discount of $8.88 for all Tai Chi Breathing packages from now until February 9, 2009.
To find out more, go to http://www.TaichiBreathing.com.
2. Eliz Spa Sea Salt with Ginger Root Oil:
A set of online coupon codes will be given with any purchase from now until February 9, 2009.
You can USE these codes again and again until they expire on 30 June 2009, meaning... unlimited savings with unlimited use within this period!
The coupon codes let you save from $8.88 up to $38.88 per order.
To find out more, go to http://www.SpaSaltGingerOil.com.
So, go and claim your $8.88 'red packet' today; and to all of you, I'd like to wish you "Gong Xi Fa Cai", a "Happy Successful New Year" and may you 8! 8! 8! (Prosper! Prosper! Prosper!).
Save $8.88 today at http://www.TaichiBreathing.com
Save up to $38.88 at http://www.SpaSaltGingerOil.com
P.S. - I remembered saying I'll write something about 'red packet'. Well, I didn't write it, because Janice has written about it in 2007. I asked her to let me share the article with you. You can read about it at: http://www.ChineseVegetarianRecipe.com/hongbao.htm
P.P.S. - Janice will also be doing her own 888 promotion at her vegetarian website: http://www.ChineseVegetarianRecipe.com