Today is Friday 13th which for some superstitious people is considered an unlucky day. This is the first of two Friday 13th’s in 2020 with the next due to occur in November. Here are some Friday 13th facts.
• If a month starts on a Sunday, you will get a Friday 13th. This can occur up to 3 times in a single year.
• It is thought that the superstition may have originated from the story of Jesus’ last supper. There has also been discussion that Friday and the number 13 are unlucky and that Loki (from Norse mythology) killed his brother Baldar on Friday 13th
• In 1307 on Friday 13th October, King Philip IV ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar with the majority being killed which may have contributed to the un-luck of the date
• In 1907 a novel called Friday, the Thirteenth was popularised contributing to the superstition
• In Spanish speaking countries Tuesday 13th are considered unlucky and it’s Friday 17th for the Italians. In Italy, the number 13 is actually considered lucky!
• The number 13 is considered unlucky or significant in many religions and cultures
• The date concerns so many people that some will avoid taking flights on this date
• If you’re afraid of the date you may have triskaidekaphobia which is the fear of the number 13 or Paraskevidekatriaphobia which is the fear of Friday. The fear of the number 13 and Friday leads to Friggatriskaidekaphobia – the fear of 13th
• A town by the name of French Lick in the USA add a bell to the neck of black cats to ward off bad luck on this date
• The number 13 is significant for many growing up – it is the minimum age for a social media account on many platforms, it is when a Jewish child has a Bar Mitzvah.
What do you think of Friday 13th? Just another day or does this make you superstitious or uncomfortable?