Chinese Numbers

Chinese people like to link numbers to pronunciations of the associated words. To consider if the number is lucky means to consider the pronunciation of the number and they sound pronunciation of another word and it should carry a positive connotation or vibes. Sometimes these numeric phrases are used for phone numbers or in email. They first see how a number is sounded, then associate it to words that share similar pronunciation and interpret the number from there. Certain numbers are considered to be lucky or unlucky. Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures. The Chinese animal zodiac is a rotating cycle of 12 years. Animal zodiac has certain similarities with the Western zodiac, but differences are major. Chinese understood that color feeds the spirit and expresses the depth of human experience. Every society has a different culture, but we all share the same sun and fascination with superstition. Traditionally, the important components of Chinese culture includes Lucky Numbers and Lucky Colors. Chinese people select numbers when choosing address, telephone number, wedding dates and other special events.

The number 2 is second lucky number and suggests harmony. Good things come in pairs. The number two is lucky as well, because it suggests harmonious existence and reproduction.

The number 3 is significant since there are three important stages in a man’s life (birth, marriage and death).

The number 4
is the most unlucky number. It sounds like Chinese word death (Si). For many years people regard it as the inauspicious numeral and avoid it deliberately. Fear of the number four is known as tetraphobia. When they can choose, many Chinese people would avoid it as much as possible.

The number 5
is a yang and lucky number and it has been used to classify many aspects of Chinese things such as the elements, the senses and the basic colours. This number is usually linked to the Emperor of China as well and the Tienanmen gate.

The number 6
is considered very lucky, because the pronunciation sounds like the word for “flow”, suggesting that everything will go very smoothly.

The number 7
can be regarded as both lucky and unlucky. For odd numbers, seven implies anger and abandon.

The number 8
is considered the luckiest number. It sounds like the Chinese word for prosperity and success (Fa). The value of eight is also linked with Buddhism: the Lotus flower with eight petals.

The number 9 is a lucky number for Chinese because it connotes longevity, happiness and good luck (jui). The number three is also considered lucky because it divided into nine three times.

The number 13
is considered unlucky for many in the West. Chinese figures, as the pronunciation of the linkfind the words. see you at first, it sounded like a number, then connect the words with a similar pronunciation and interpret the numbers from there. Chinese like to link numbers to pronunciations of the associated words. The digit 1 when positioned in tens sounds like the word 'definite' (shi) in Mandarin and dialects such as Cantonese; while the digit 3 sounds like life, living or birth. As a result, the number 13, which is pronounced as shisan in Mandarin, can mean 'definitely vibrant' or 'assured growth'.


Colours Symbolism

Numbers and colours are very important to the existence of the Chinese people. Yellow symbolized royalty and power. Red is the Chinese national color and represents happiness, good luck, celebration, happiness, joy, vitality, long life, propriety and creativity. Green symbolizes growing, generating and money.

Names Symbolism

Chinese name meanings are important, many people of Asian decent have two names, original name written with their script symbols and another name constructed out of the western alphabet.

Chinese Zodiac

Zodiac was represented by 12 animals: Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse and Sheep. The Chinese use the sign, the element, and even the time to calculate an astrological and numerical pattern. A number of games and pastimes are popular within Chinese culture. Counting in Chinese is so easy. From 1 to 10: yi - one, er - two, san - three, si - four, wu - five, liu - six, chi - seven, fa - eight, jiu - nine, shi - ten.