Beijing Olympic: Why 08:08:08?

Introduction: The 2008 Beijing Olympic is scheduled to be held from August 8 to August 24,2008 in the city of Beijing. The opening ceremony of the Olympics will begin at 08:08:08 pm CST. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in 28 sports and 302 events. The competition will take place in 7 cities of China including Hong Kong and Qingdao.

A question that could be troubling your mind is; “Why have the Chinese chosen the date 08.08.08 to inaugurate this most important event?”

Ganesha tries to answer the question with the help of Chinese Numerology.

The Chinese believe that numbers are not just figures indicating quantity or just superstition but that they have a magical quality. They also assign yin and yang qualities to the numbers. Yin and Yang are the two opposing forces active in the universe. Yin signifies passivity and darkness whereas Yang signifies brightness, activity, and positive force. So, they generally prefer Yang qualities. The odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 represent Yang energy and the even numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 represent Yin energy.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic is scheduled to be held from August 8, 2008 and the opening ceremony will begin at 08:08:08pm CST. Most of the Chinese people consider number 8 very auspicious eventhough it has Yin energy. Because , in Chinese Numerology numbers are associated with words that sound similar to them. In Cantonese, number 8 sounds like “fa” meaning “prosperous”. In Chinese Numerology every number has a certain element as well. Number 8 has the Earth element which gives stability and enhances the determination to reach goals. The number 8 appears three times in the date 8-8-2008 and 888 sound the same as “thrice prosperous”. It gives material possessions and suits well to business. So, the Chinese selected the best possible date of the year 2008 for the inauguration of the most important event “The Beijing Olympic 2008”.

Ganesha’s Grace,
Tanmay K.Thakar
The GaneshaSpeaks Team


2 thoughts on “Beijing Olympic: Why 08:08:08?”

  1. Please let me put in a few words about Chinese and other Communist attitudes. In India, Commies rule two states, Kerala and Bengal. In both areas, there is a sustained effort destroy all religious beliefs. The catch phrase is, “All religion is superstition”. The usual methods are disbanding administrative bodies of churches & temples, installing party stooges in key positions, doctoring school text books, launching smear campaigns in party publications, encouraging borderline criminals in party sponsored vigilante operations etc. All this is orchestrated under the grand umbrella of Democracy offered by a great nation like India.

    The Communists comment about everything and anything that gives the party any mileage, America being the favourite, terribly stale, whipping boy. Nothing is ever spoken about China, North Korea, Cuba, Russia or believe it or not, Myanmar. Freedom of Tibet is never mentioned. Dalai Lama is a US stooge. The fact that Castro has no one to trust in Cuba other than his own brother is forgotten. Nothing is said of Kim Il-sung’s dynasty in North Korea.

    Now I am very happy to note that superstition comes in multiples of eight in China. It goes well with Chinese Politburo supplying an octogenarian Chairman Mao with teenaged girls. Sorry to say a truth though it may offend. Thank you.

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