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Lucky and unlucky numbers around the world

Did you ever fly on a European plane and notice that row number 13 and 17 does not exist? Have you ever wondered why?

Every culture has its own beliefs and customs, the numbers are not spared, even in many cultures Numerology determines a key factor in everyday choices, in different countries assume different meanings, in some cases carries fortune, in others of bad luck.

Italy

3

Has always been the number that represents perfection, certainly has a biblical derivation, just think of the Divine Trinity.

17

Instead, it is the number of misfortune, the hypotheses provided are different, the first refers to the Roman number: XVII, which anagrams becomes VIXI, that is, I lived, therefore a kind of harbinger of death, according to a biblical thesis, instead, it is the day on which the Great Flood began.

Spain

15

A number that possesses a particular benevolent aura for all the Spanish-speaking peoples, it is no coincidence that the Feast of San Indalecio is May 15th, a great solemn procession animates the streets of the city of Almeria in Spain.

13

Considered an unlucky number because 13 was the number of participants at the Last Supper, hence the custom of avoiding tables of thirteen people, on pain of the death of the thirteenth invited.

Germany

4

Corresponding to the number of the leaves of a four-leaf clover, symbol par excellence of fortune because of its rarity, each leaf would correspond to a characteristic: Respect, Abundance, Love, Health.

13

Germany, like most of Europe, prefers not to use this number, so much so that the German combat aircraft, made as a successor to the He-112, instead of He-113, was called He-100 for superstition.

England - USA - Holland - France

7

Also, in this case, the number is closely related to the biblical tradition, where it is said that God built the world in seven days, seven moreover are the traditional planets of the solar system.

13

In all these countries, the number 13 must be avoided, for example in the USA, no aircraft has ever been called F-13, or at the Memphis Airport there are no Gates A13, B13 and C13.

Norway

9

Number sacred according to the Nordic mythology, in which it is believed that the universe is formed by 9 worlds, supported by branches of the cosmic tree: Yggdrasill.

13

Very often, hotels and apartments do not have a floor or room with this number, moreover many airlines prefer to skip row number 13, so from 12 you go directly to the 14th

Sweden

3

As in Italy, even in Sweden, the number three represents perfection, a famous Swedish saying: "All good things come in groups of three".

13

A number to be avoided even here, in many European countries if the day 13 happens to Friday then bad luck increases, most likely this belief comes from the fact that Friday is the day of the death of Christ.

China

8

The number 8 is pronounced as the word "prosperity" (hachi), for this it has been loaded with a strong positive symbolism, so much so that for example, also in marketing strategies, where we prefer to indicate 9.99 rather than 10.00, for the Chinese, 9.98 is better.

The number is so important for the Chinese population that the Beijing Olympic Games started on 8/8/2008 at 8:08:08.

9

Next is the single-digit maximum number (male) in the Indo-Arabic system has only one character in Chinese and is the number indicating the emperor.

4

In China, Japan and Korea, Number 4 (四), has the same phonetic sound of the word death (死) ie shi... and, I believe there is nothing else to say.

7

The seventh month of the Chinese calendar is called "month of ghosts", according to a legend, in this month the gates of hell are opened and the ghosts are free to circulate among the living.

There are some superstitions on the 7 related to the planes and recalled from the most recent tragedy that involved the flight Malaysia Airlines 17, a Boeing 777 crashed on 17/7 an aircraft delivered in 1997 and then in service for 17 years.

Japan

8

For the same reasons, here too the number eight is very popular with the population, moreover, it represents the "innumerable quantity", immense.

9

In this case, the number nine is pronounced "Ku" that indicates the word suffering.