By now you've probably heard why the Olympic Games with begin on 08-08-08 at 08:08:08 pm. Below is what I found over at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Chinese_culture#Combinations regarding the significance of the number eight in Chinese culture.
The word for "eight" (八，捌) in Mandarin (Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth" (发 - short for "发财", Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for "eight" and "fortune" are also similar, eg Cantonese "baat" and "faat".
There is also a resemblance between two digits, "88", and the shuang xi ('double joy'), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (xi, 'joy', 'happiness').
Dragon Fish Industry in Singapore, a breeder of rare Asian Arowanas (which are "lucky fish" themselves, and, being a rare species, are required to be microchipped), makes sure to use numbers with plenty of eights in their microchip tag numbers, and appears to reserve particular numbers especially rich in eights and sixes (e.g. 702088880006688) for particularly valuable specimens.
Here's a scrapbooking tip on how to use Chinese and Olympic scrapbook products:
- Sit down tonight with your kids and discuss what it took for the athletes to make it to the Olympics...how many hours a day and years of practice and conditioning, the parental sacrifices, the MONEY involved, the mental strength needed.
- Discuss the process of dreaming, aspiring to be great no matter what you choose to do.
- Sports...focusing on the unusual sports at the olympics (and the ones that should be...like baton twirling)!
- Discuss people you know from China, or those with Chinese Heritage.
- List all the ways you connect to Chinese Culture.
I'll be letting my kids know that it's never too late to start training for the Olympics...create your own little set of Olympic games in the back yard this weekend.