What are some lucky and unlucky numbers in Chinese?

What are some lucky and unlucky numbers in Chinese?

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Lucky Numbers in Chinese
Lucky Numbers in Chinese

My daddy says he is the luckiest person he knows. And all of his luck is bad.

He also says being lucky and unlucky is a superstition.

He believes something Thomas Jefferson said, “I find that the harder I work the luckier I am.”

I think that means that when you work hard things find a way of turning out for the better more often than not.

In China there are some lucky and unlucky numbers.

2 – Chinese think good things come in pairs. Japanese think it is bad luck to give money to someone at a wedding that can be divided in half.

3 – sounds like birth in Chinese.

7 – is good for relationships and is one number that is also considered lucky in the West.

8 – is the luckiest number except for double 8s and triple 8s.  It sounds like wealth and prosper. But some people might think too much wealth is not a good thing.

9 – is connected to the Emperor and sounds like the word which means long lasting.

0 – sounds like emptiness. Don’t give $20 to anyone. Give them $21.

4 – sounds like death. The same in Japanese.

28 and 38 can be double lucky or triple lucky

5354 – not alive and not dead.

I suppose there are other combinations, too.

Do you have an unlucky number?

My favorite number is 127.  It’s my birthday – January 27.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

 

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