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The significance of the date and time for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony
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13 August 2008

The significance of the date and time for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

In any history book you'll ever lay eyes on, the Chinese are in there, and always a step ahead of the game. When it comes to evolution, the Chinese were eating with utensils while the rest of the world was still using their fingers to chow down. When steel and copper was forged into shields and weapons, the Chinese set fire to arrows and employed the use of gunpowder to make for heated battles.

In a sense, the Chinese were the originators of a lot in the world. Even the Italian staple, pasta, was rumored to come from China. So it stands to reason that China would have played host to the Olympic Games numerous times. Contrary to their legendary status, August, 8, 2008 will be the first time China has hosted the event. The Chinese people place great emphasis on the number 8, and on 8.8.08, at 8:08pm, the summer Olympics will be held in Beijing.

In Chinese culture, this simple numbers holds a great meaning. The Chinese word for 8 (Fat) sounds similar to words for wealth and prosperity, thus the Chinese feel this number to be lucky. On Chinese New Year, it is common for the Chinese people to greet one another with the saying “Fat Choy,” which is wishing someone good fortune and prosperity, more precisely, it means, congratulations and get rich. There were also the Eight Immortals: Chinese deities, the Eight Princes, and Eight Principles of Yong.

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