Happy Friday the 13th


Happy Bad Luck Day! Isn’t that what Friday the 13th is?

Well, not for everybody. Do you know why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky? I did a little research and here’s what I discovered.

friday 13The number 13 has been considered unlucky since before Jesus walked the earth. But a few things pushed it beyond that gentle superstition. 

Some historians have claimed it was the day Eve bit the apple, the great flood began and possibly when the Tower of Babel was started.

In the New Testament there were 13 people present for Jesus’s last super which took place on the day before Christ’s crucifixion, Good Friday.

Chaucer made reference to the unluckiness of the day  in the Canterbury Tales stating that it was bad luck to start a journey or a project on a Friday.

On Friday October 13, 1307, Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar and systematically slaughtered them.

Twelve is the number of completion leaving 13 on the outskirts. There are 12 months of the year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours of the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, just to name a few.

There seems to be no solid reason why Friday the 13th is unlucky and yet there is a name for the fear of the day: paraskevidekatriaphobia – from the Greek words paraskeví meaning ‘Friday’, and dekatreís meaning ‘thirteen’. The fear of the number 13 itself is called  triskaidekaphobia.

I for one sort of like the number 13. Two of my favorite people have birthdays on the 13th.  Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th and he’s cool, don’t ya think? A baker’s dozen is definitely better than a regular dozen. After all, 13 donuts are better than 12 right? Well, maybe not to my waistline! 

But if you are still leery. watch out for ladders, black cats, and Greeks bearing gifts and somehow manage to have a fabulous day!

So what do you say? Friday the 13th…lucky or unlucky?

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