The Beijing Olympic Games open at eight minutes past eight o’clock in the evening on the 8th day of the 8th month in 2008, a time that traditionally offers the perfect combination of good luck and prosperity. The Vedic astrology chart for the moment at Beijing location is Aquarius ascendant with several beneficial planetary combinations and Jupiter in the eleventh house in its own sign. It is one of the most auspicious moment of that particular day.
Is the choice of opening ceremony timing by the communist government just accidental or numerology/astrologically consulted?. Perhaps, we will never find out, at least before the Olympics. But given the unusual trouble with Olympic torch and recent total solar eclipse, the Beijing government may have been cautious and utilized astrological decision making.