Do you fear Friday the 13th?
If you do, know that you are not alone. There are more than 15 million people (possibly as many as 21 million, according to a study) in the US that suffer from this fear, known as friggatriskaidekaphobia. People will refuse to partake in daily activities, including conducting business, traveling, or even getting married. All because of this superstition that has been around since the early 1900’s.
This fear is so great that cities don’t have a 13th Avenue or 13th Street. Buildings, such as businesses and hotels, skip the 13th floor. Airports don’t use gates marked 13 and airplanes skip the 13th row and seat.
Why Friday? Some say this is because of Christian scripture that states that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Also in American history, Friday is the day that executions were always held.
Everyone knows about the dreaded 13. So many rumors and stories go along with this number. It is said that when 13 people dine together, one of those people will die within a year. If you think back to the Last Supper, Jesus dined with 12 Apostles. Supposedly, Judas was the 13th person to join the table. Also associated with this unfortunate number, it was once believed that a coven was made up of 13 members.
To add more fuel to the fire, here are superstitions associated with this cursed day:
- If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.
- If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.
- Do not start a trip on Friday the 13th or you will encounter misfortune.
- If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck.
- A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
- Ships that set sail on Friday the 13th will have bad luck.
- If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck.
Knowing all this, I suppose friggatriskaidekaphobia is not completely ridiculous. So tell me, what do you believe? Do you fear Friday the 13th?