Lucky number 9 in Thailand

Lucky number 9

Thailand is the capital of superstitious people with almost everybody believing in ‘good luck’ or ‘bad luck’ and the power of believing and wishing. Huge part in this whole thing are, of course, lucky numbers.

Usually odd numbers are considered luckier than even numbers with number 3 (‘sam’) already being a good pick. However the boss of all lucky numbers is the number 9 (‘gao’). It is thought to be lucky because, when pronounced in Thai, it sounds like ‘moving forward’ (‘kaw-nah’ – doesn’t look similar, sounds similar though). Furthermore ‘gao’ is the word for ‘rice’ and ‘let’s go eat’ (gin gao!) – also something very good of course…

Just to show how important this number is: On 09-09-09 at 09:09 a.m. the whole nation stood still in order to sing the national anthem, the king’s song and further praising stuff. The licence plate with the number 9999 on it is worth over 11 million Thai Baht. The stories continue like this… if you buy a lottery number, make sure it has enough 9s in it (the more towards the end, the better!). Same goes for telephone numbers or actually anything that has numbers in it.

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