Friday the 13th

Superstition tells us that today is supposed to be a day of bad luck. This believe originates from two separate fears related to Friday the 13th: the fear of the number 13 and the fear of Fridays. Both fears (also called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia) have deep roots in Western culture, mostly from Christian theology.

Thirteen is significant to Christians because it is the number of people who were present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12 apostles). Judas, the apostle w­ho betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive. The fear for Fridays is because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. And some theologians claim that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that the Great Flood began on a Friday.

Well, I am not sure if you experienced any bad luck today, but since this superstition is so rooted in our society, it gives you at least an excuse in case anything bad has occurred. 😉 And that is also the main reason that this day is still believed to bring bad luck; no, the folklore of Friday the 13th doesn’t have much to do with people’s fears today, it has much more to do with personal experience. People learn at a young age that Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky (for whatever reason) and they then look for evidence that supports the legend. And evidence is never hard to find…If you have a car accident on one Friday the 13th, lose your wallet, break a leg, or even spill your coffee, that day will probably stay with you. But when you think about it, ‘bad’ things, big and small, happen all the time, so if you’re looking for bad luck on Friday the 13th, you’ll probably find it.

Just as an experiment (and to balance things): try to find some good things that happened to you today, trust me they *are* there…joy! 😉