No. 8 and the Infinity Symbol – It’s Meaning in Chinese Culture

No. 8

Because Eight (Ba in Chinese) has the similar pronunciation with 发 (Fa, meaning wealth or fortune), this number is very welcome among Chinese people. The popularity of 8 was exemplified by the Beijing Olympic Games which commenced at exactly eight o’clock, eight minutes, on the eighth day, of the eighth month in 2008.

When people choose telephone numbers, mobile numbers, house numbers, car identification numbers and important dates, 8 is usually the first choice.

In modern China, numerical lingo has been very popular especially on the internet. For instance, 518 with the approximate pronunciation of Wo Yao Fa, means ‘I want to be very wealthy’. 886, with the Chinese pronunciation Ba Ba Liu like bye-bye in English, is frequently used during an instant chat on the internet to say ‘good-bye’ or ‘see you later’.

Born under the lucky number “8”

EightPeople born on a day with the luck number 8 have strong intuition and insight, so they have the potential to explore things undiscovered.

They are bestowed with a special gift of being born businessmen, and can achieve all their plans step by step. They are generally kind and honest to others.

They have a good reputation. It is certainly not a nominal compliment because they are always there for philanthropic deeds and generous offerings. Besides their potential for enterprise, they have excellent leadership qualities coupled with abundant ambitions. Their usual good fortune enables them to pursue a higher quality of living standards. They often can be successful based on their courage and sincerity. In the eyes of their friends, they are decent, fascinating and reliable.

The Infinity Symbol

InfinityThe infinity symbol (figure eight) is universally recognized as a symbol for eternity. The two circles the eight forms have no ending and no beginning and continue in its pattern forever. In feng shui, the infinity knot is special and is used to create what’s called the mystic knot.

It’s also consider a good luck charm. The knot consists of six infinity knots tied together. The mystic knot symbolizes unending luck, prosperity and abundance. The knot is usually made out of silk and the most auspicious colour to use is red. It can be used in conjunction with other symbols to ensure the energy they attract will be never-ending.

For example, a red mystic knot is often used to suspend six coins to ensure never-ending wealth. It can also be used to suspend a love symbol to draw the energy of eternal love. Suspend a good luck charm from a mystic knot and you’ll draw unending good luck.

Lucky numbers in culture

Numbers have always played a significant role in Chinese culture. People in China traditionally associate fortune with lucky numbers. In Chinese culture, It is undeniable that numbers differ from auspicious and ominous. Chinese take auspicious numbers into important consideration in daily life, such as in occasions when they buy residences, choose telephone numbers, select a date of a wedding ceremony, and pick an identification number for their vehicle. They believe lucky numbers can bring them good luck.

Gifts are given in even numbers for the celebration of all occasions. Moreover, in some areas of China, people prefer to pay much more money for a telephone number with 8 in it. They also favour residences on the eighth floor of buildings. In 1990s, a vehicle identification number with 8 was once auctioned off for 5 million Hong Kong dollars.

In China, it is customary to regard even numbers as being more auspicious than odd ones. However, no. 4 is the exception to the even number rule as it sounds like ‘Si’ (death) in Chinese. Just like some westerners hate number 13, Chinese avoid number 4 and number 14 when they choose phone numbers, room numbers or select dates for ceremonies. Number 4 sounds like ‘Si’ (death) in Chinese.

Mike Fromowitz
Ethnicity Marketing + Advertising

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