It may sound superstitious, but many Chinese young couples want to tie the knot on a lucky day—the most auspicious one in 2008 happens to be Aug.8, the day Beijing Olympic Games opens. From AFP:
The Beijing government is expecting a rush of people wanting to marry on the day the 2008 Olympic Games opens, despite rumours of restrictions, a city official told state press Sunday.
The day is traditionally seen as a lucky date because the word “eight” in Chinese, pronounced “ba,” sounds like the word for wealth or fortune.
[Images: Chinese couples at a mass wedding ceremony. Photo from AFP; A traditional Ming-style wedding in Nanjing, China, from CNN.com.]