I was in Kula Lumpur (KL) recently and noticed that there was no 4th floor optoin in several elevators. The numbers ran like this: 2, 3, 3A, 5.. I asked around and was told that the number 4 is unpopular amongst Chinese because in Cantonese four means die. So, the buildings that are owned by Chinese generally avoid number 4.
I was told by my Chinese friend that, in Cantonese
- Four means die
- Fourteen means Sure die
- Twenty Four means Easy die
- Thirty Four means Live & die
- Forty Four means Die die
- Fifty Four means No die
Now, what's the unlucky / unpopular number amongst Indians? Is it Number 8?
and all this in developed countries of the world :) can't help but laugh.ReplyDelete
Funny....I've also heard this..! But you have proof now..!!ReplyDelete
with the photo.!
Crazy people - Mooda nambikkaigalukku alave illai.!!!
Thank god..they build these floors atleast.! Imagine a building in China with all the 4/14/24/...etc floors just empty I mean only the columns.!
Wonder what the Chinese would do if someone was born on the 4th 14th 24th? etc.
These kinds of belief systems seems to prelevant across the world in various forms..
I wonder if this was the reason Chinese didn't bid for 2004 Olympics ?
I was talking to Bin Shu - My Taiwanese colleague here and he says only 4 is Bad.!ReplyDelete
Is it possible, the 'meaning' vares by region ? 'cause I spoke to few of my Chinese colleagues to confirm this before I posted..
8 is considered very lucky by the chinese. Lucky draw prizes could be $888 or $8888. i guess 2004 might not be as bad as 4. 4 doesn't mean Die in Mandarin (the popular dialect of Chinese) but the Mandarin equivalent of 4 and the word Die (in Mandarin) are rhyming words.ReplyDelete
Yes.. i have heard about the 8 being the lucky number..
Thanks for shedding more light on the number 4 thing..