Lucky Numbers and Colours in Chinese Culture

Lucky Numbers

Eight is a very lucky number in Chinese culture. The number ‘8’ in Chinese sounds very similar to the word ‘Fa’. Fa means prosperity, success, social status, or wealth. 8 is also known to be extra lucky in the game keno.

Harmony and balance are important in Chinese culture. As such, even numbers are favored over odd ones. The number six (6) represents success, while the number two (2) represents harmony.

The association of numbers with luck is also present in the business environment in China. Some businesses will even go as far as to have big events or opening on specific days that have certain associations. For examples, if the business dealing is done on the 8th, it will have luck. If the 6th – it will be successful. And if on the 9th – it will have permanence. And other similar numbers have been connected to the Swedish game keno. In keno luck plays a huge part in the outcome of the game. And some numbers are believed to be winning more often than others.

Lucky Colours

chinese-new-year-1959877_960_720Red symbolizes success, happiness, and good fortune. Red is a color used extensively in Chinese culture, especially during festivals as well as important events such as weddings,it has rich history and meaning throughout China. The color red isn’t just used for decorations – people will wear red during festivals, weddings, and for other celebratory events. During the Chinese Year, red envelopes filled with money are handed out.

Yellow represents royalty and the power of the throne. The first emperor of China was given the title of the Yellow Emperor.
*Yellow glazed tiles were used for the imperial palaces during the Song Dynasty from 960 – 1279.
*Emperors wore yellow imperial robes during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911).
*The official flags were yellow, and the official seals were covered in yellow fabric

Green symbolizes prosperity, harmony, and health. White symbolizes purity, fulfillment, and brightness. It also happens to be the color of mourning.

In Chinese culture, black is a neutral colour, although the ancient Chinese honoured black more than the other colours as they viewed it as the ‘king of all colours’.