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!

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  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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