It’s no surprise to hear that many Chinese are very superstitious when it comes to numbers, colors and even certain times of year. But how much does this affect society? With the lunar Year of Sheep looming in February, soon-to-be Chinese moms are doing everything in their power not to have their baby born in that ill-fated time.
It is believed that the Year of Sheep is not a very good year to have a baby. There is even an ancient saying “十羊九不全” (shí yáng jiǔ bùquán), literally meaning, nine out of 10 people born in the Year of the Sheep will suffer greatly. This saying still holds sway over some Chinese families, who fear that if a baby is born in the Year of Sheep, they might have a bad luck for their entire life.
As a result of these beliefs, which also sometimes say that children born in the Year of the Sheep will be mild, unthreatening and most importantly, uncompetitive, soon-to-be-moms are rushing to have their children before then. Maternity hospitals throughout China are overwhelmed with pregnant women having their babies born in the Year of the Horse.
Journalists from the Evening News surveyed a random sampling recently at the Maternal and Child Health Hospital and the Mining Bureau Hospital in Zaozhuang city of East China’s Shangdong Province. The survey showed that 18 out of 25 expectant mothers would like to have their child by cesarean delivery before the arrival of the Year of the Sheep.
According to China News, similar news reports can also be easily found in other cities around the country.
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