The Number Game
Numerology isn't part of Mathematics but this belief that there is a relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things is popular even with great mathematicians like Pythagoras. As for the Chinese, I wouldn't be surprised if someone thinks that everyone of them is into it. It is common to see Chinese from all walks of life shunning the number4. Number 4 phonetically sounds very much like death in the Chinese language and is thus a taboo while number like 8 which sounds similar to prosperity is auspicious. However, when combined with certain numbers, 4 would be rendered lucky such as in the number, 814 and 148, both of which means be wealthy the entire life. 99 is also a good number. It means eternal and it is not surprising then that many Chinese in Malaysia clambered to get hitched on 9 September 2009. That was despite the fact that in the Chinese Lunar Calender, it was still the month of the Hungry Ghost. Traditionally, Chinese would avoid holding auspicious occasions like a wedding during the month of the Hungry Ghost but then of course, like all things Chinese, there are flexibilities sometimes like in 2009, it is a leap year and the seventh month could easily be regarded the eight month. I suppose there are ways to make the inauspicous auspicious.