08/08/08

A special date:

The hugely popular wedding date 07/07/07 has come and gone, this year the ‘in’ date is 08/08/08. While the date shares much of the appeal of 7/7/07 there are other attractions to it.

The date is not only catchy but the number 8 is also considered very favourable in Chinese culture. The Chinese pronunciation for ‘eight’ (ba in Mandarin and paat in Cantonese) sounds similar to the word for ‘prosperity’ (fa in Mandarin and faat in Cantonese). The more eights involved in a couple’s lives, the better chance they have for luck and wealth (so get booking!). Numbers play a large role in choosing a wedding date for the Chinese (many Chinese couples are given a selection of auspicious days on which to marry). This applies to any special event in Chinese culture.

Including the Olympics, of course, which officially kick off today.  Enjoy the day—we’ll only get four more of these triple dates this century, unless we start adding months to the calendar.

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