I recently read an article that thousands of couples in China were rushing to get married on January 4, 2013. The reason? In Mandarin, January 4 2013 sounds similar to the phrase ‘I will love you all my life’.
In an earlier blog post, we learned that we always use (year)年 (month)月 (date)日 format when writing dates in Chinese. So January 4, 2013 would be:
2013年 1月 4日
Èr líng yī sān nián yī yuè sì rì
Now take only the parts in bold above, that is only the numbers from the date, and you get:
Èr líng yī sān yī sì
And this sounds very similar to:
Ài nǐ yī shēng yī shì
Love you forever
That is the reason why this day is also known as the ‘Love you forever’ day.
一生一世 (yī shēng yī shì): for life; forever
Check this post to find out on which another date the Chinese couple were rushing to get married.