8 - The Luckiest Number In The World?

Lucky Number 8

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The number 8 is considered to be an extremely lucky number in Chinese culture.
In Mandarin, the word for "eight" (八: bā) sounds similar to the word (發: fā) which means "to prosper".

Chinese wedding caligraphy shuangxi - double happiness

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There is also a visual likeness between two eights, "88", and the chinese character 囍: shuāng xĭ" – which symbolises "double happiness". It is a popular decorative design composed of two stylised characters 喜: xĭ meaning "joy" or "happiness". This double happiness symbol is also commonly used in wedding ceremonies to commemorate the union of 2 people, and bless them with infinite joy.


Turn the number 8 sideways and you’ll see that it becomes the mathematical symbol of infinity ∞.

Lucky infinity tattoo

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Hey that means there are tons of people with 8...I mean tattooed on their bodies! Do you have one too?

The number 8 is so sought after that many people try to have as many 8s as possible. For example, a phone number that contains several eights is considered very lucky. And as a testament to that; in 2003, a telephone number with all digits being eights was sold for approximately US$280,000 to Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu, China. Such numbers are so popular that people and businesses will pay crazy amounts just to own them.

This lucky number is so deeply entrenched in Chinese-Asian culture that it has become a norm to include the number 8 as much as possible in their daily lives. 

Predominantly Chinese countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore use the lucky time zone UTC+08:00.

Lucky 88 floors - Malaysia Petronas Towers

Image source - Gaze upon the biggest Pillars of Luck in the world. The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia were deliberately built to have 88 floors.


China hosted the Olympics in 2008. To ensure an auspicious start, the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm local time (UTC+08) That year, China brought in their biggest haul of medals in history; all 100 of them, out of which, 51 were gold medals! 

Lucky start to 2008 olympics stadium - China

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Similar to the Western practice of using "9" in prices to help sales; it is common to see "8" being used in its place to achieve the same psychological effect. Lucky prices like $58, $88 are frequently used to attract more buyers.

Lucky 8 price tag on Canadian House

Image source - With so many 8s, it must be really lucky!

 

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