Chinese Lucky Numbers and Colours
In Chinese culture, certain numbers are considered "lucky" because their pronunciations sound similar to words that have "lucky" meanings.
Lucky numbers play an important role in Chinese people's daily life. People select lucky numbers when choosing places to live, telephone numbers, business addresses, wedding dates, festivals and other celebratory events. Companies often choose "lucky" days for grand openings or when signing contracts.
Number 6 symbolises things falling into place.
Number 8 indicates prosperity, wealth, success or social status.
Number 9 implies the idea of permanence because its Chinese pronunciation is similar to Jiu. Therefore, the number 9 appears frequently in events such as love, marriage and length of life.
The Chinese tend to prefer even numbers to odd numbers, because the Chinese believe that harmony and balance is extremely important.
There are also certain colours associated with good meanings.
Red is considered the luckiest colour in China and appears frequently in festivals and important events such as weddings. The New Year couplets are almost always written on red paper. Red is the national colour of China and represents happiness, beauty, success and good fortune.
Red can be found in many aspects of everyday life. Red lanterns adorn businesses and places of residence, double rows of red "Xi" (happiness) letters are pasted on gates and doors, people wear red during weddings, festivals and other celebratory events and red envelopes stuffed with money are given as gifts during Chinese New Year.
Yellow symbolises royalty and power of the throne.
The first Emperor of China was known as the Yellow Emperor. China was often referred to as Yellow Earth and its mother river is the Yellow River.
The colour green is often associated with money. Buildings, banks and restaurants are often painted in green and red.