Daily Archives: April 13, 2012
Unlucky for some?
Today is Friday 13th April and it got me thinking about why we are so superstitious about the number 13 and why it considered to be such a problem when Friday falls on the 13th day of the month?
A fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia which comes from the Greek words for Friday – paraskevi, Thirteen – dekatria and Fear – phobia
Unlucky 13: It is considered unlucky to have 13 at a table or in a company. The number 13, in the Christian faith, is the number of people at the Last Supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas.
So why else are people superstitious of the number 13?
- A witches coven consists of 13 members.
- Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper
- There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.
- 13 knots in a hangman’s noose.
- 13 feet which the guillotine blade falls.
Added to this, Fridays have been considered an unlucky day since the medieval times. It is generally considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday – a new journey, job, marriage, business project, giving birth, moving house. It is unlucky to cut fingernails and hair on a Friday and in Britain, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings.
Muslims tout Friday as the day that Allah created Adam
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday and later died on a Friday
Christians consider Friday as the day on which Christ was crucified by the Romans
On that basis, without wishing to tempt fate any further, I am heading back to hide under the duvet until it’s all over … till the next time!