Good morning! It's Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th? Is this your lucky day or one where you'd rather hide under the covers in bed all day? Or is it just TGIF for you today?
But have you ever wondered about where these superstitions come from? And should we even pay any attention to these superstitions?
Did you know that there were no negative (or postitive) associations with Friday the 13th before the 19th Century? And if you look back in history, you'll find instances of where people and cultures considered the number 13 unlucky, while others thought it lucky. The number 13 aside, it was not historically linked with a day of the week like Friday. And so the origins of the fear of Friday the 13th remain a bit mysterious, although, historically, Friday was a day with negative connotations stemming from Christianity, most likely, because Christ was considered to have died on a Friday.
Personally, I believe that 13 is a lucky number. I even have a gold 13 on my charm bracelet for luck. So when a Friday pairs up with 13, I don't get worry. But if you're one who does worry, the good news is that there are only two Fridays, the 13th in 2017. That's still twice as many as in 2016, but less than in 2015, which was a "banner" year with three of them! And the next Friday 13th doesn't come again in 2017 until October.
The fear of Friday the 13th is so pervasive in society today that this fear actually has an official name: paraskevidekatriaphobia! And while I have no fears of the day, I might develop a fear of trying to correctly pronounce or spell the name of this phobia!
Check out Why Others Believe 13 As A Very Lucky Number by clicking on this link. By the way, most Asian cultures consider the number lucky and in Judaism it's also considerd a lucky and spiritually significant number.
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