Many expectant women in China are opting to get C-sections so their kids will be born on "lucky days."
"Eight minutes past eight, Aug. 18, 2006, that's the lucky time my mother has chosen for my caesarean section," said Zhang, a mother-to-be, before her delivery. "I hope the doctor will let the baby be born at the exact time."
So-called lucky days are often related to the Chinese number "eight", whose pronunciation is close to a word meaning "getting rich", and to other lucky numbers. [Link]