Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Chinese Numerology

Somebody told me that one thing to consider in getting the "right" date is the Chinese numerology. One said that as long as the number, when written, ends in pointing upwards, it is good. If it ends downwards, it spells bad luck.

The number 9, when written, ends downwards. Though I am not really a superstitious person, but just to clarify things, I researched a bit on this.

And this is what I found in Travel China Guide:

"In China, six, eight and nine are considered lucky numbers, since their homophones have auspicious meanings. Six, pronounced 'Liu' in Chinese, implies that everything about you will go smoothly. Eight was originally deemed auspicious by the Cantonese, since in Cantonese, eight reads as 'Fa', which means to make a great fortune in the near future. Later, the auspiciousness of eight was taken up by all Chinese. The letter nine, pronounced as 'Jiu', implies everlasting, especially in friendship and marriage. Thus, numbers ending with these three digits are firm favourites, for example, when it comes to choosing phone numbers, car license tags and room numbers. Four and seven are unlucky numbers people will avoid since the former implies death and the latter means gone."

Of course, I felt happy that our target date is considered a lucky number. But hey, I think it has nothing to do with luck, but more on God's blessing and grace. Enrique told me that we shouldn't be superstitious, and that we aren't Chinese anyway.

Any which way, the thought that the number 9 implies "everlasting" really puts a smile on my face.


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