中西方忌諱的數字 Bad Numbers in China and Western Countries
In the long time, people keep the belief from their ancestors, such as the superstition in number. Both China and western countries have their superstition about the bad numbers. They believe that it is better to avoid those numbers, otherwise bad luck will happen any time.
In China, the number 4 is believed to be the worst number, because it sounds like death in mandarin. Many businessmen avoid using 4 just to keep bad luck away. In the hotel, people barely see fourth floor, because the third floor just skip to fifth floor directly, so if people see the fourth floor, they will feel uncomfortable.
In the west, the number 13 is believed to be as bad as the number 4 in China. Western people think that if the day 13 happens in Friday, it must be the unlucky day, so they call it Black Friday. They try to stay at home to avoid bad luck happening. Whenever they see 13 in that day, they feel panic.
There is no evidence to show the existence of bad number, the young generation don’t take it seriously. They just do their routines and ignore the superstition.