In a similar way that Western cultures view the number 13
as being lucky or unlucky depending on circumstance, in Chinese culture,
different numbers are viewed as being luckier than others. And how is it
decided that a number is luckier than another? By the meaning of a word
that its pronunciation is close to. For example, as you'll see below, the
number two in Cantonese sounds like the word for 'easy', and so 2 is a lucky
number in one's life.
Odd, Even, Yin, Yang and Luck
Additionally, odd and even number vary in the luck associated
with them in accordance with yin and yang. Briefly, these properties
are opposing ideas that explain balance in the world
Yin'smeaning includes overcast, cloudy
Yang meaning includes sunlight - better than yin's
Odd numbers are believed to possess the positive yang associations,
while even numbers are left with yin's less desirable qualities, making
numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 supposedly luckier than even numbers.
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