Why is the Number 8 Considered Lucky in China?

Gifted with the birthday August 8, I was drawn to do a bit of investigating in regard to this number. I can go on with my birthday today, knowing I must be a lucky person. The main reason has to do with the pronunciation of the word for the number 8 in China. It is pronounced “ba” and sounds like the word for prosperity which is pronounced “fa”. Another reason why the number 8 could be considered lucky is because it is a perfect symmetrical shape. You can cut the number 8 in half vertically or horizontally, and both halves mirror themselves perfectly. Perfect symmetry lends itself to perfect balance. In Chinese Astrology, perfect balance is considered the ideal.  Now, off to lunch!


  1. #1 by Hangaku Gozen on August 8, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    Well, happy birthday! Hope you have an auspicious day and year!

    • #2 by J. Quigley on August 9, 2011 - 6:33 pm

      Many Thanks, Hangaku! I must admit it has been my best birthday so far. Friends and family threw me an impromptu bash, and a good time was had by all! 🙂

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