Why Is Friday The 13th Considered Unlucky?

2017-10-13T13:10:42+00:00

Friday the 13th has always been a day where our unlucky superstitions run wild!  Many choose to not fly or travel on this day or not even leave the house.  Where did this day get such a horrible and unlucky reputation?  We are going to try to figure that out right now…

Of course, there is some type of religious reference to Friday the 13th.  Many believe it all began with the Last Supper and the 13th guest who was in attendance, Judas.  Judas apparently betrayed Jesus and the crucifixion of Jesus was said to have taken place on Friday, which was later to be known as “Hangman’s Day”.  So, there is the supposed first Friday the 13th origin, but is that really how all of this got started?

Another theory about the unlucky nature of Friday the 13th comes plainly from numerology.  The 13th day of the month has unlucky fortune because it basically follows the number 12.  12 is said to be a complete number.  According to National Geographic, the number 12 is considered a complete number due to the fact we have 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel and lastly 12 apostles of Jesus.

From reading more and more about the origins of Friday the 13th and why people may think it is so unlucky.  I’ve come to the conclusion that we just fuel the fire with our own superstitions.  There is nothing definitively saying this day is a terrible, unlucky, you are probably going to die today type of day.  It has actually been shown in research studies that because so many of us are freaked out by an unlucky event taking place, that Friday the 13th is actually one of the SAFEST days with fewer car accidents and fire and theft reports!

So is Friday the 13th really that unlucky day we all fear?  I don’t think so.  I think throughout history, stories have been passed down through generations and we just kept believing that this was the truth.  We trained ourselves to believe this day was anything but good and it will continue to be the case.  So whether you believe it or not, enjoy the day, live your life and if you are worried about it, good luck!

 

Sources:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/what-is-friday-13th-superstition-facts-science/

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