Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Today is a very long lasting day

Today is the 9th day of the 9th month of 2009, written as 09/09/09. Many Chinese couples have decided to tie the nuptial knots on this day because it is considered auspicious and good.

In Mandarin 9 is pronounced as 'jiu' which can also mean 'long-lasting' for another word with the same pronunciation. 'jiu jiu' means very long lasting. 'jiu jiu jiu' is even more long lasting.

The couples who are getting married today hope that their marriages will be long lasting and happy thereafter.

The Chinese emperors also liked the number '9' which is considered auspicious. Hence their palaces were built and decorated with 9 dragons so that the royal dwelling place would be auspicious all the time.

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