The Truth About Friday The 13th

As a child, you were probably told about the myth of Friday the 13th. You were told that its the unluckiest day of the year causing havoc on your daily life to only return to normal on the 14th. You’re told to watch out for silly things such as black cats, walking under ladders, anything with too many 6s, or breaking a mirror as it would cause seven years of bad luck. Friday the 13th is the day that everything may not go your way, but only if you believe it.

The unluckiness of Friday the 13th stems back to the 1300s. One suggested origin of the day of bad luck stems from October 13th 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar which to us, seems to be a very unlucky day. This could either mean an unlucky day or hundreds of people did things they weren’t supposed to, but blaming it on luck is the easiest way out. Another suggested orgin of the 13th originates from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. Levels of bad luck also spread to other days in other cultures including the Hispanic and Greek cultures with Tuesday the 13th and the Italians with Friday the 17th.

Socially, Friday the 13th does make an impact on our day to day. It seems that every black cat comes to play and suddenly the sidewalk cracks beneath your feet causing your mama’s back to break.According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. There are some people too afraid to even leave the house this day causing a loss in business as well.Whether you believe in superstitions or not, Friday the 13th will rear its ugly head twice a year, every year until 2021, where it will only appear once.

Photo by Edwin Ortiz

 

 

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