What makes an ordinary day of the week and a number on the calendar combine to create the unluckiest day of the year? Pretty sure you’ve heard about this a couple of times already because of the superstitions. Yes, Friday the 13th. If you’re the type of person who is spooked by Friday the 13th, then you are suffering from Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Trying to determine the origins of Friday the 13th superstitions mostly leads to nowhere. No one knows why this certain day is regarded as bad luck. There are a number of fair or some sorts speculates that the number thirteen may have been purposely vilified by patriarch or religions because it represents its femininity. It is also said that the number 13 is unlucky all the way back to the biblical times, just like Judas is the 13th disciple who betrayed Jesus and that incidentally was on a Friday.
The thirteen had been reversed in prehistoric goddess worshiping culture because it corresponded to the number of lunar cycles in a year. In Hinduism, and reference in Norse mythology, it is considered that it is unlucky to have 13 people in a dinner table.
According to an author, the Friday itself is already considered unlucky day of the week back in the Roman times when Friday is an execution day. The number thirteen has its own lengthy list of bad omens. Many cities do not have thirteenth streets and avenues. The buildings are often built without 13th floors or they skipped the number 13 when numbering the levels. In some superstitious belief, if you have 13 letters to your name, it’s the devils luck for you. Just like Saddam Hussein, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy, Jack the Ripper and Osama Bin Laden.
The fear of Friday the 13th or Paraskevidekatriaphobia has estimated 21 million Americans each year and that is why accidents happen on that day because of heightened anxiety. This superstition is the most wide spread in the US today and people who believe in this superstition, ought to stay at their homes. It is also said that you have to stay away from black cats, letters and the number 13 itself. The number 13 is always the odd number out, because just like in the zodiac signs, months of the year and even the dozen have a complete number of 12.
Based on my own opinion; don’t take these superstitions too seriously. I mean, everyone is entitled for their own belief and own superstitions but given that the number 13 is considered to imperfect and unlucky; try not to change your luck today.