Friday 13th 2012 - Are You Superstitious?

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 12th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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For those who are superstitious Friday 13th is the unluckiest of days. This year, 2012, Friday 13th January is upon us.

Friday 13th 2012

As I lay here in bed, longer than normal this sunny Friday morning in New Zealand, my husband called out to me that today is Friday 13th.
We had a few laughs together about the bad luck we might encounter today and maybe I should stay in bed. But his initial comment left me wondering, why is Friday 13th considered unlucky and how did this superstition originate?
Many of us have have lived ours lives aware of, accepting, or some even fearing that Friday 13th is believed to be the unluckiest of days. But why? My curiosity got the better of me.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia - Fear of Friday 13th

There has even been a name attached to this fear of Friday 13th, Friggatriskaidekaphobia, this being a combination of the Norse God Frigga whose name Friday comes from and the fear of the number thirteen.
There seem to be many reasons why the number 13 is deemed unlucky. Apparently the number 12 is seen as a complete number. As examples of this we have twelve months in a year, twelve zodiac signs, twelve Gods of Olympus, twelve Labours of Hercules and even twelve eggs or whatever you fancy in a dozen.
Friday is also believed to be an unlucky day by those who are superstitious.
One fascinating story tells of how Mark Twain was advised not to go to a Friday dinner party, where he would be the 13th guest. When asked about it later, he agreed that it had been unlucky, there was only enough food for twelve.
Many public buildings choose to eliminate thirteen in their numbering, with hospitals having no Room 13 and many buildings having no 13th floor. In the old days, sailors apparently refused to start out on a journey on the 13th.
Consequently, here we are, faced with a double phobia or fear, Friday and 13th, all on the same day.

Origins in early Christianity

Like many things, the reason for Friday 13th being connected with bad luck has its roots in Christianity. Thirteen is the number of people who were present at the Last Supper, Judas, the betrayer, being the 13th to arrive. Jesus was consequently crucified on a Friday.
Some theologians say that Adam took the bite of his foerbidden apple on a Friday and also that the Great Flood started on a Friday.
It is not known when the superstition of Friday 13th became widely accepted, but earliest documentation is believed to have been around 1869. The popularity of the superstition grew during the twentieth century.

Facing the Day

Some people have such strong feelings about the occurence of Friday 13th, they confine themselves to their homes or choose to stay in bed. They avoid taking flights or travelling on this day. Others joke about it, as my husband and I did earler, but there is certainly an awareness of the date in the air.
So, here I am, faced with a decision, should I get out of bed today? Why not. The sun is shining and life feels good. What could go wrong?


2012, Bad Luck, Christianity, Friday 13Th, Number 12, Phobias, Room 13, Superstitions, Unlucky 13

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Jan 2012 (#)

No fears of Friday the 13th here, which is 7 hours away. It's like you are from the future or something...

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author avatar Val Mills
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Mark, I love having fun with the fact that we are ahead in time for most of you :-)

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author avatar avery sandiego
13th Jan 2012 (#)

there are so many frightening about 2012, 13th day of January falls on Friday...anyway, I don't believe on it anymore there's nothing bad happening really as I observed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Fascinating. Oops! I just stepped on that crack. Damn!

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author avatar Denise O
13th Jan 2012 (#)

I actually find 13 to be a very lucky number, for me that is. But, I have always gone against the grain on most things. As always hon, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Eunice Tan
13th Jan 2012 (#)

13 is also my lucky number. It was my student number and I was born on 13 March. But I cannot deny that Friday the 13th is frightening for some people.

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author avatar ittech
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Very nice lovely write.

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author avatar Buzz
13th Jan 2012 (#)

I've gotten over the 13th. It's now another day, Saturday, hopeful for yet another great day. Congrats on the STAR, Val.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Jan 2012 (#)

I'm not superstitious - but I'm taking no chances. Touch wood!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Great article, and if the truth be known, yes I am a and informative read Val, thank you:0)

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Interesting article--I never knew about the origins of this belief, (which I do not ascribe to, but do not judge those who do, cuz, who knows for sure?) :)

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