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Lunar New Year’s Shamballa

12 Feb

As the Lunar New Year has just been celabrated, welcoming the year of the Snake (), I decided to celebrate it too making myself a brand new Shamballa, with 8 beads.

In Chinese the word for “eight” sounds similar to the word which means “prosper” or “wealth“. In regional dialects the words for “eight” and “fortune” are also similar. There is also a visual resemblance between two digits, “88”, and 囍, the “shuāng xĭ” (“double joy”), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (“xĭ” meaning “joy” or “happiness”).

The number 8 is viewed as such an auspicious number that even being assigned a number with several eights is considered very lucky. 🙂

New Shamballa

New Shamballa with 8 beads for good luck

New Shamballa

New lucky Shamballa: I’m already wearing it! 🙂

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