While many may laugh off this superstitious day, there are many many others who remain paralyzed in fear of this unlucky date. According to a survey, there are 20 million people in the US alone that suffer from the fear of Friday the 13th. The phobia of Friday the 13th is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia and is very common.
History and Origin
Although there is no written evidence of the superstitions around Friday the 13th before the 19th century, this superstition is supposedly said to have originated around 1700 BC. In ancient Babylon, the number 13 had been omitted in its code of laws of Hammurabi. The number 13 has been considered unlucky since time immemorial. Many cities in the world do not even name their streets with the number 13 such as the 13th street or 13th avenue.
Friday has also been considered an unlucky day. According to Christian scriptures, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. According to the Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, published in the 14th century, considered Friday as a day of ill luck and misfortune. In many cultures, Friday the 13th is considered highly inauspicious for beginning any new project or to make any major life change, such as a wedding, birth, etc among others.
Popular superstitions and myths around Friday the 13th from around the world
- Ships that set sail on Friday will sink
- If a child is born on the 13th he will be unlucky for life
- If you walk under a ladder on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck
- It is advised not start any new project on a Friday as it will never be successful
- If you cut your hair on this day, then someone you know will die
Whether or not there is any truth to the superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th, this will remain unexplained, but nevertheless, it will not stop millions of people across the world from worrying about this unlucky day. And there is some bad news for haters of this day – this year we have not one, but two Friday the 13th to deal with, out of which only one is left, i.e., Friday, October 13th. However, if you are keen to look at the positive side of this day, it is advisable to take a leaf out of the ancient Egyptians’ book. The Egyptians believed that number 13 was lucky because they believed in the 13th stage of life was related to the afterlife.