Today is Friday the 13th, a date that is infamous for being synonymous with ill omen and bad luck. But where did this tradition come from?
Most sources point to the fact that in the Bible there were 13 guests at the Last Supper, and then Jesus was crucified on a Friday. In many cultures, the number 13 is irregular since 12 usually represents completion (12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, and other connections in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism). Still, many who have studied the unlucky date say that its unpopularity didn’t become prominent in Western superstition until the 20th century. The horror movie franchise certainly didn’t help the date’s reputation!
In a given year, Friday the 13th can occur a maximum of three times. Well guess what: 2015 is one of those years! Hope you avoided black cats, ladders, and broken mirrors extra hard in February, because you’ll have to do it again today and in November this year. But did you know that statistically, Friday is the most common day of the week for the 13th day of the month to fall?
But Friday the 13th isn’t unlucky for everybody! In Hispanic and Greek cultures, Tuesday the 13th is considered unlucky, and in Italy, it’s Friday the 17th!
Fear of Friday the 13th is called triskaidekaphobia (coming from the Greek for “10 and three” and “fear”). Do you suffer from it? See these hilarious posts from triskaidekaphobics on Twitter!
— Staples US (@Staples) February 13, 2015
Interesting times…triskadekaphobia and Mercury in Retrograde…calls for a tall glass of wine…and a sense of… http://t.co/DEtcMsYXx9
— Carole Matthews (@messengerfiles) June 12, 2014
I think we should all take a 3 day weekend and go up to Camp Crystal Lake to relax and have some teenage fun… who is in? ;) #FridayThe13th
— National Days (@NationalDays) February 13, 2015
— The Leary Traveler (@LearyTraveler) February 13, 2015
It’s Friday the 13th: What do you have to be afraid of?