The Olympics starts on August 8th at 8PM for a reason. August 8th 2008 is an auspicious date. In Chinese, the number 8 is pronounced “fa” or “ba” (depending on the dialect) which means prosperity. As James Fallows noted in the Atlantic Monthly a year ago, many Chinese couples have been planning weddings for this special 8-8-8 date.
Friday, August 8th is my husband, Ray Gordonâ€™s birthday. Come celebrate and initiate your own prosperity as we raise a glass of champagne on August 8, 2008 at 8:08PM Kauai time.
If you canâ€™t make it to Kauai this time, please gather friends that day for your prosperity festivities. You don’t need to be Chinese to appreciate the significance of this date. You can also send photos to Flickr for their Flickr 888 photo fest.