Be afraid. very afraid…It’s Friday the 13th.. the scariest of days.
The superstitions flying among us always brace us for the worst on this day but do we really know why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky?
The number 13 has been considered unlucky for many years, even before Christ. The number 12 is historically considered the number of completeness, while its older cousin, 13, has been seen as an outlier. And Friday is another day which holds high superstitions for being called “unlucky”. There are 12 months of the year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours of the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, among many incidences of the pattern historically.
There is evidence over the years of both Friday and the number 13 being unlucky – but it wasn’t until the 19th century that the two came together to be considered doubly unlucky.
In fact, Friday the 13th has a name too.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia – from the Greek words paraskeví (meaning ‘Friday’), and dekatreís (meaning ‘thirteen’). The fear of the number 13 itself is called triskaidekaphobia.
Where does it originate from?
The superstition of Friday 13th is likely to have its origins based in the Middle Ages, where it may have developed from the story of the Last Supper. On Maundy Thursday – the 13th of Nisan in the Assyrian calendar – before Jesus’s crucifixion, there were 13 people in the Upper Room. Jesus died on Good Friday. Following this, both Friday and 13 were started to being considered as unlucky. By the 19th century, it had been a real deal. In fact, a biography of Henry Sutherland Edwards in 1869 mentions that the day of his death (Friday 13th) was significant:
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.
Another theory states that in numerology 13 is considered to be an irregular number and is also the number of witches you need to form a coven.
But, Is Friday the 13th really that unlucky?
A study published by the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (what we wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall in that office) found that in the Netherlands, Friday 13th sees a significant decline in reported road traffic accidents. The average figure for a non-13th Friday is 7,800, while for Friday 13th that average figure falls to 7,500.
Well, It isn’t that bad then. If you still fear it, they have a name for it too. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the name given to fear of Friday the 13th.
And if you consider yourself unrelated to these superstitions, there is actually good news for you.
You can make us of someone else’s fear and use it to your advantage. Since no one wants to do anything auspicious on this day, you can get some amazing deals.
- Book your wedding on that day if it’s nearby. That way you can get major deals at cheap prices.
- And why shouldn’t we talk about flight tickets? No scared man would like to fly in a box 30000 ft above the land on FRIDAY, THE 13TH. But why do you care? Get some amazing deals and cheap prices.
- The number of property transaction declines by this day. If you are looking to buy/sell your property, this is the day.