Today, September 9th, 2009 (or 09/09/09) is a rather significant day for many astrologists, mathematicians and even the Chinese.

Ninety nine bricks on there, too!Many astrologists believe that these symmetrical dates are extremely powerful in their mystical significance, and today brings the last set of repeating, single-digit dates that we’ll see for almost a century (until January 1, 2101).

And 09/09/09 is also the 252nd day of the year (a number, which any mathematician could tell you, which is also divisible by nine).

But it is perhaps the Chinese who are reveling most on this day.

That is because the number 9, in Mandarin, is pronounced “jiu,” which sounds very close to the word for longevity, which is “chang jiu.” So all that are able to recognize the momentousness of this day, it is said, will be blessed with the secret to a long, happy life. But, as we all know, the Chinese secret to long life is already public knowledge: tea!

Therefore, in honor of this momentous day, I encourage all my readers to make an effort to drink nine cups of tea – hopefully, the nine muses will present themselves to grant you a long, healthy, happy life!