The hugely popular wedding date 7/7/07 has come and gone, and the buzz has already begun about the next perfectly aligned trio to land on the calendar: 8/8/08. While the date shares much of the appeal of 7/7/07 -- including numerological significance and the novelty of marrying on a date that occurs once in a lifetime -- there's also reason to believe 8/8/08 weddings won't be quite the phenomenon that we saw on July 7.
Why is 8/8/08 Significant?
The date is not only catchy -- the number 8 is also considered favorable in Chinese culture. The Chinese pronunciation for "eight" (ba
in Mandarin and paat
in Cantonese) sounds similar to the word for "prosperity" (fa
in Mandarin and faat
in Cantonese). The more eights involved in a couple's lives, the better chance they have for luck and wealth. Since numbers play such a large role in choosing a wedding date (many Chinese couples are given a selection of auspicious days on which to marry), 8/8/08 is sure to be sought after. In fact, the summer Olympics in Beijing will begin on 8/8/08, at 8:08 p.m.
Along with the good luck associated with the number eight, 8/8/08 has a few other factors that might make it a desirable day to get married. August is always a popular month for weddings since out-of-towners are more open to travel in the summer and there's more opportunity to wed outdoors. Also, when the numeral "8" is turned on its side, it becomes the symbol for infinity -- a fitting motif to represent the beginning of a marriage.
How Popular Will 8/8/08 Be?
Despite all the reasons 8/8/08 could make a great wedding date, the fact that it falls on a Friday all but guarantees it won't be as popular as 7/7/07. That hasn't stopped reception sites from promoting 8/8/08 deals -- the Paris Las Vegas has already begun accepting reservations for its 8/8/08 wedding package.
If you're into the idea of using significant numbers for your wedding date but don't want to get married on a Friday, consider a Saturday next June when the numbers line up in sequence, on 6/7/08.
-- The Knot
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