I was raised by a very superstitious mom, now she didn't have the unpronounceable affliction Paraskevidekatriaphobics but she was weary of Friday the 13th none the less. For instance, if my mom saw a black cat, we had to go around. There was no way she would let anyone of us cross it's path. If she found a clover patch, she would spend hours searching for that lucky four leaf clover. My brother and I had to help search (Fun, right? - not!). And I'll give you a lucky guess who taught us about the "step on crack, break your mother's back" bit. Gosh, the list could go on and on.
Because of my mom's superstitions, I have made a point of saying Friday the 13th is a lucky day. I really think that if you believe strongly in something, you can be your own self fulfilling prophecy. So hence, I say Friday the 13th will be a good luck day.
Well, I combed the world wide web and gather 13 superstitions/facts on Friday the 13th:
- Friday the 13th is the most wide spread superstition in the United States.
- 8% of Americans suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobics.
- It is believed if a person's name adds up to 13, he or she will be cursed with devil's bad luck: Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson
- Many buildings do not have a 13th floor (remember wondering when I was a kid why in the elevators, the buttons for each floor went from 12 to 14).
- A lot of cities skip 13 in the street avenue/boulevard numbers.
- The Chinese believe the number 13 is a lucky number as did the ancient Egyptians.
- Hindus believed it was always unlucky for 13 people to gather in one place.
- Vikings believed the number 13 was bad luck because of Loki, the god of mischief, was the 13th god in Valhalla banquet gone wrong.
- There were 13 present at the Last Supper in Bible. In the Bible, one of the thirteen betrayed Jesus.
- The Knights of Templar were rounded up on Friday, October 13, 1307 by King Philip IV of France for torture and execution.
- The "Death" card is number 13 in a tarot deck.
- Supposedly, Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on a Friday.
- Last but by no means least, some historians say the number 13 was believed unlucky by early Christian patriarchs because it represented femininity — What a crock of BS, right?
Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky, Freaky Friday & Friday the 13th.