Today is Friday the 13th
Are you superstitious? Feeling unlucky today? Jumping at noises, blaming random occurrences on the fact that it is Friday the 13th?
It is interesting how many superstitions there are, and how if the number 13 lands on a Friday than people see this as bad luck.
The number 13
The belief that the number 13 is unlucky is so widespread that its origins are unclear. Did you know that the fear of the number 13 is technically known as “triskaidekaphobia”. It is for common many buildings have no floor 13 — going straight from 12 to 14. People will refuse to live on the 13th floor, even though technically, the 14th floor is the 13th floor, yet if it is not labelled as such than it is o.k. Hotels, motels, house address even if they have 13 in them people are more prone to not living or buying there.
Why is this?
History from Wiki
The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia“; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating 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. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.
He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.
Rossini by Henri Grevedon
It is possible that the publication in 1907 of Thomas W. Lawson‘s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, contributed to disseminating the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
A suggested origin of the superstition—Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar—may not have been put together until the 20th century. It is mentioned in the 1955 Maurice Druon historical novel The Iron King (Le Roi de fer), John J. Robinson‘s 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, Dan Brown‘s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and Steve Berry‘s The Templar Legacy (2006).
Tuesday the 13th in Hispanic and Greek culture (Tuesday not Friday)
In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck. The Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) an unlucky day. Tuesday is considered dominated by the influence of Ares, the god of war (Mars in Roman mythology). A connection can be seen in the Roman etymology of the name in some European languages (Mardi in French or martes in Spanish). The fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204, and the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans happened on Tuesday, 29 May 1453, events that strengthen the superstition about Tuesday. In addition, in Greek the name of the day is Triti (Τρίτη) meaning literally the third (day of the week), adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck is said to “come in threes”.[dubious – discuss]
The Social impact of Friday the 13th has been studied
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. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. “It’s been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day”. Despite this, representatives for both Delta Air Lines and now-defunct Continental Airlines have stated that their airlines do not suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.
In Finland, a consortium of governmental and nongovernmental organizations led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health promotes the National Accident Day, which always falls on a Friday the 13th.
How do you handle Friday the 13th?
Do you believe it is real, that you are more ‘unlucky’ on this day? I, for one, have always seen Friday the 13th as a good day. It has traditionally always been positive for me. Either way as with most superstitions it is mind over matter. Our minds are powerful were we can see a day on the calendar and have it affect our day.
Does this day affect your behaviour, attitude, over all well being?
Some other Superstitions:
-black cats, walking under a ladder, opening an umbrella in doors, sitting on a chair in the corner of the table, spilling salt, bird flying into your house, breaking a mirror, and many more.
What are some superstitions you follow?
I think superstitions is one of those things that can’t be explained, so sometimes it is better safe than sorry, we may not believe in them but there is always a doubt or wonder surrounding them.
Side note as I was researching this and went to publish it, my computer bounced me out of WordPress to another page. Tried to go back to WordPress, got a message error saying my internet was down. (it is not down). Dun, dun, dun….
I could read into it, or just see it as a crappy computer or user error. Mind over matter.