|A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in English and Portuguese-speaking cultures around the globe. Similar superstitions exist in some other traditions. In Greece and Spain, for example, Tuesday the 13th takes the same role. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen.|
Name: Friday the 13th
Type: Day, Superstition
Description: Thought to be the most widespread superstition around the world
Related Terms: Paraskevidekatriaphobia – Fear of Friday the 13th
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. Some sources say it may be the most widespread superstition in the United States. Some people won’t go to work on Friday the 13th; some won’t eat in restaurants; many wouldn’t think of setting a wedding on the date.
There have been a number of events known as “Black Fridays” in history. Usually, these events are devastating. Some historians propose that the origin of the “Black Friday” was the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of Knights Templars on October 13, 1307 (Friday), to be later tortured into “admitting” heresy.
The Gregorian Calendar 400-year cycle contains a whole number (20871) of weeks, but the number of months (4800) is not divisible by seven. Because of this, no chosen day of the month up to the 28th can occur the same number of times on each day of the week. The 13th day of the month is slightly more likely to be on a Friday than on any other day of the week.
The reasons why Friday came to be regarded as a day of bad luck have been obscured by the mists of time — some of the more common theories link it to a significant event in Christian tradition said to have taken place on Friday, such as the Crucifixion, Eve’s offering the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, the beginning of the Great Flood, or the confusion at the Tower of Babel. Chaucer alluded to Friday as a day on which bad things seemed to happen in the Canterbury Tales as far back as the late 14th century (“And on a Friday fell all this mischance”), but references to Friday as a day connected with ill luck generally start to show up in Western literature around the mid-17th century:
“Now Friday came, you old wives say, Of all the week’s the unluckiest day.” (1656)
Another suggestion is that the belief originated in a Norse myth about twelve gods having a feast in Valhalla. The mischievous Loki gatecrashed the party as an uninvited 13th guest and arranged for Hod, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Baldur, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Baldur was killed and the Earth was plunged into darkness and mourning as a result.
I call upon the Guidance of the Powers that be,
Share you Wisdom and Knowledge, I implore Thee!
On this mysterious day full of magic and witchery,
Darkness and Light battle – Luck, be with me!
Do you Fear the Unknown and the Unnatural?
Do you hesitate to act Today… Tonight?
Does the thought of Black Magic scare thee?
Does it make you Pale and Wan?
Be afraid of the Supernatural, respect the Magic!
Dread the eerie sights of this Mystical Day
Call forth the Divine, Pray to your gods,
Fear fear itself! Fear the 13th!
My Own Opinion:
|I don’t consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky for me. Indeed, I was born on the 13th of the month. What more could I ask for? While others consider the number 13 to be unlucky, I consider it to be a boon to me. Else, I would be pretty unlucky at the very least once a year – on my birthday.
My second reason is related to the first one. Since I was born on the 13th, the number also happens to be my favorite. I just love anything to do with 13. It’s mysterious nature piques my curiosity. It attracts me like a flower attracts a bee. Friday is also my favorite day of the week because the next day happens to be Saturday. At the end of day, no more school, no more work, no more anything. Just plain relaxation. It’s time for gimik night! Friday is great. It’s the start of the weekend.
Also, didn’t you know that Friday was named after the Norse goddess, Frigga – Odin’s wife – and considered to be the patroness of love in Norse mythology. In ancient Greece and Rome, Friday was Venus’s day – Dies Veneris. She also happens to be the Goddess of Love and Beauty. C’mon people! Don’t hate or fear Friday the 13th. Give love on this special day!
So what do you get when you combine this two factors together? Double the fun, of course! My favorite day of the year – aside from my birthday, that is – is Friday the 13th! I wear black on Friday the 13th. Along with my usual silver jewelry and parapharnelia.
And you wonder why I’m not afraid of Friday the 13th! It’s like having additional birthday/s during the year!
Wohoo! Let the spookiness begin! Hehe…
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