It’s Here Again–Friday the 13th

Another Friday the 13th is here? Are you superstitious? Do you fear the date? Do not worry you are not alone. Millions of people worldwide fear Friday the 13th.

Intersting Facts about Friday the 13th

Superstitions always bring curiosity. The problem with Friday the 13th is the origin. No one really knows how the fear of the date began. One possible belief of the fear centers around the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, a Friday. In combination with the day, the number 13 focuses on The Last Supper. The night before the crucifixion Jesus ate his final meal with his 12 disciples. Together the two events form Friday the 13th.

Others believe the fear derived from a book published in 1907, Friday the Thirteenth by Thomas Lewson. In some cultures, the 13th is not unlucky at all. In Italy, 17 is the unlucky number.

Despite the unclear history, the fear of Friday the 13th, communities, organizations, and individuals are cautious on the day and avoid the use of the number. Here are a few other interesting facts about date and the number:

  • The fear of Friday the 13th is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. The fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia. Can you pronounce those?
  • Many communities do not have a 13th street or 13th Avenue.
  • When building high rises, hospitals, or other structures, planners skip the 13th floor.
  • Many hotels do not have a room 13.
  • Airplanes do not have a row 13.
  • Every year, the calendar has at least one Friday the 13th but can have up to three.
  • For the month to have a Friday the 13th. The first day must start on a Sunday.
  • Businesses and airline suffer financial loss on Friday the 13th.
  • The date is inspiration for a successful movie franchise.  

So, is Friday the 13th unlucky? People who fear Friday the 13th often call into work, avoid going outdoors, and simply wait for the day to pass without any misfortunes. The big question is what do you believe?

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