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Hong Kong is one of the countries that people are bending towards superstition. Hongkongers believes in fortune from lucky numbers to Dragon Gates. In some articles it was mentioned that their job is unsafe and to stabilize the financial crisis, many people diverted the mind in other ways to get success. So being fortunate to get success was called superstitious.
The ancient Tai Sin, a city full of traffic temples, well-known for telling fortune, was known as ‘Kau Cim’. This practice is done for several visitors who come to find answers. This involves lighting the stick with the bow down on the knees and shaking a bamboo stick that holds fortune numbers and sticks up till 1 stick falls down.
Every number has its own story and it’s narrated by fortune tellers. A visitor being nervous and excited for the answer kneel down on the cushion and shakes the fortune stick and the number was 24 on the stick. The visitor went to an expert for fortune teller master Joseph. Joseph with his expertise answered about the future work and was not lucky. We as a visitor, not being so engrossed in this religion but many other visitors across the world race to change your luck by believing in fortune.
Faith in Feng Shui
Hongkongers believes in destroying evil energy by hanging or applying Feng Shui. It’s an ancient practice from China. It is placed to channelize the positive energy in your surrounding to degrade bad thoughts. Feng Shui is accurate “wind and water”. Mainly architecture in Hongkong is inspired by Feng Shui.
Constructor visits the fortune teller for internal-external construction, interiors suggestions, design-related furnishing, etc. Feng Shui brings the vision of harmony and destroying the Evil energy. We as members of our house always want that our home should be secure with positivity and should be away from Evil spirits. Likewise, people of Hong Kong construct designs according to Feng Shui.
In India, people believe in Vastu Shastra which in Hong Kong is known as Designing home, office according to some calculations of Feng Shui. The Hong Kong door is the critical area from where positive or evil spirits enter. Many people consult Fortune-tellers to design their homes so that wealth and health are harmonized. With Feng Shui, the compass direction of the door and other precious things can be angled. In India, people are more focused on placing the home temples for worshiping god according to Vastu Shastra.
Bank of China, the skyscraper was established in 1989 and the bank with Evil energy started to block the investment and many auspicious ceremonies in its surrounding. HSBC Bank claimed that share price crashed to the lowest. To overcome Evil energy, HSBC bank constructed two bronze lions which are the symbol of power that will protect its kingdom. Now HSBC is the 6th largest bank in the world at $2.17 trillion.
Every Hongkonger Believe: Lucky and Unlucky number
Hong Kong is also a fortune for lucky and unlucky numbers. In any skyscraper you visit, the number ‘4’ will be missing. Hongkonger believes 4 is unlucky for them. The number 4 indicates in mandarin and Cantonese as ‘Death’ and number 14 indicates as ‘ Will Certainly Die’ becomes more negative for them.
Many old apartment buildings believe this Fortune and skipped the floors from 40th to 49th. They also avoid having this unlucky number in their mobile number.
On the other hand, the number 8 is observed as a lucky number as in Cantonese it indicates “making a fortune” People believing in Fortune believe number 8 is auspicious for their work. The combination with another number with the number 8 like 168 becomes a lucky number. According to Cantonese, it indicates ‘ongoing prosperity’. Hongkonger is very much focused on numerology.
Lord of Soil and Ground
Another superstition will be observed in the building, outside the home with ’Tu Di Gong’ Shrines. In Cantonese, It means ‘Lord of soil and ground’. It’s often identified for killing negative energy and shower divine prosperity to the People’s livelihood on the ground. Love is never dependent on our work but it’s assumed that God and evil have the ability to change people’s luck. So to have good luck in our work, ‘Tu Di Gong’ is placed outside the shop, malls, homes, and offices.
Hong Kong being a merciless city where people are diverted to believe in superstition to try their fortune towards achieving goals and well. People should have self-control and focus on certain other work better than being superstitious. Achievement is gained by 70% to 80% of hard work. Only 20% to 30% is based on your luck. Life is not certain, so live in present with full dedication and with minimum luck.
Not only hong kong but superstition among people worldwide will never end as ‘Superstition is the Religion of Helpless mind’. Superstition can be changed when people believe in their hard work and not in their luck.