Beijing Olympics will start on 08/08/08 8:08 PM !! It would be a fantastic ceremony and a chance to show the world the power of China.
I recollect that we at room of my hostel ( 25+ students), gifted a photoframe and photo of mantra written god to the room #8 on the day of 08/08/88 !! I am not sure whether it still exists!
In Brooklyn, New York, 88 drummers are going to perform on this day !
From a blog, which explains importance of 8 in chinese people and why many chinese are going to marry on this day !
The date is not only catchy but the number 8 is also considered very favourable in Chinese culture. The Chinese pronunciation for ‘eight’ (ba in Mandarin and paat in Cantonese) sounds similar to the word for ‘prosperity’ (fa in Mandarin and faat in Cantonese). The more eights involved in a couple’s lives, the better chance they have for luck and wealth (so get booking!). Numbers play a large role in choosing a wedding date for the Chinese (many Chinese couples are given a selection of auspicious days on which to marry). This applies to any special event in Chinese culture. In fact, the summer Olympics in Beijing will begin on 8/8/08, at 8:08 p.m.Along with the good luck associated with the number eight, 8/8/08 has a few other factors that might make it a desirable day to get married. August is always a popular month for weddings and when the numeral “8″ is turned on its side, it becomes the symbol for infinity — a fitting motif to represent the beginning of a marriage!
The only thing going against the date is that it falls on a Friday which is less popular day than Saturday for weddings. If you’re into the idea of using significant numbers for your wedding date but don’t want to get married on a Friday, consider a Saturday in next June when the numbers line up in sequence, on 6/7/08.
If you aren’t getting married this year, don’t worry there is always 09/09/09, 10/10/10, 11/11/11 and 12/12/12!
Afterdawn.com notes the statistics about marriage :
Out of all brides and grooms-to-be who are registered to wed in August
2008, 57% have chosen Friday the 8th. In context, out of the 1570 registered
Friday weddings over the whole of 2008, 12.4% will be for the 8th of August.
Saturday weddings are 4 times more popular than Friday weddings for users
on hitched.co.uk, but on this particular weekend there are actually more
weddings registered for Friday August 8th, than there are for Saturday August
- There are 8 furlongs in a mile
- Spiders and arachnids have 8 legs, and an octopus has 8 tentacles
- Hanukkah lasts for 8 days in the Jewish religion
- The Beatles had a #1 single titled '8 days a week'
- The symbol for infinity is a figure of 8, rotated 90 degrees
- The figure 8 is often referred to in ice skating
- 8 is the atomic number for Oxygen(O) on the periodic table
- In Asian cultures 8 sounds like the words wealth and prosper so
therefore it is considered to be a very lucky number