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Today’s post is brought to you by the number “9”

I’d also like to point out that today is September 9, 2009, also 09/09/09.  The number “9” is symbolic of long life in China because it sounds similar to the Chinese for “longlasting.”  Even though it was a weekday, 10,000 couples registered to marry today in Beijing, and another 6,000 couples were registered in Shanghai.

Here’s a short culture lesson.  The number “9” is the greatest of the single-digit numbers and was traditionally associated with the Emperor in China, rationality, and heaven.  The Forbidden City is said to have 9,999 rooms and Emperors’ robes often had 9 dragons on them.  There is rich philosophical meaning found in how the number 9 was incorporated into the architecture at the Temple of Heaven, as well.

The next single-digit date won’t be until 1/1/2021 – 92 years from now.

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