New Hampshire Residents are Ready for Friday the 13th

Real Estate Agent with BHG The Masiello Group


    New Hampshire is ready for Friday the 13.Friday the 13

    Paraskevidekatriaphobia is  "Having a morbid fear of Friday the 13th."

       Fear of the number thirteen (triskadectaphobia) stems from the fear of Fridays and the number 13.

    The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen") attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning "fear") 

     Triskadectaphobia has roots in Western culture and in Christian theology.   For instance, some believe that Jesus was crucified on a Friday.  Some theologians opine that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit on a Friday and the Great Flood started on a Friday.

      In ancient Rome Friday was the execution day.   Read what Katharine Kurtz wrote in Tales of the Knights Templar (Warner Books: 1995):


"On October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars - knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren - in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France - and the Order was found innocent elsewhere - but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force ‘confessions,' and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake."

      Some historians believe the Christian dislike of Friday is linked to the early Catholic Church's suppression of women and the pagan religion.  Friday was devoted to Venus in the Roman calendar and when the Norsemen later adopted the Roman calendar, they named the day after the Norse love/sex goddess....Frigg or Freya.  The strong female goddesses were believed to pose a threat to males so some believe the Christian church vilified these love/sex goddesses and "Friday."

     The  fear of the number 13 goes all the way back to the pagan days.  It has been told that Frigg would join a coven of 12 witches... and including Frigg and the coven of witches... there were 13!  Historians also believe that the Christian church may have considered the number 13 unholy because it signified 12 witches and the devil.

     In later times, Friday and the number 13 were also closely associated with capital punishment.   Friday was the conventional day for public hangings in the Britain.  Reportedly there were 13 steps leading up to the noose.


     Be safe and don't step on any cracks, don't open your umbrella inside and beware of black cats!

     Do you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia?


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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Joan,  after reading your post I am glad that I am not teaching today.  In future I will make a point not to schedule classes on Friday the 13th.

As a child we really believed your last line, "Be safe and don't step on any cracks, don't open your umbrella inside and beware of black cats!" 

To this day I cross the road if I see a black cat.  Maybe I am a scared-ee cat.  (But I am still heading out for my morning walk.)

Jul 12, 2012 10:35 PM #1
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I am not superstitious so this day dosen't bother me. The Lord has me in his hands. I was pondering that there is almost every letter of the alphabet in that word! Who wakes up one morning and decides.. well I am going to construct a new word and it is going to have as many letters in it as possible!

The third longest word in the English Aphabet is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis from Wikipedia... but the longest word has 189,819 letters! that is crazy!

Jul 13, 2012 12:02 AM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joan I don't know how your Friday the 13th went, but mine lived up to every bit of what it stands for.  Talk about a day that you just want to see end.  Today was a bear.

Jul 13, 2012 11:03 AM #3
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Whew! we made it through Friday the 13th without any real harm; life is good! I actually got a contract signed I had been waiting on the signature all week.

Jul 14, 2012 03:53 AM #4
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Joan  -- I never knew Friday the 13th had that weird name. I had the best day yesterday.  Hope you did as well!

Jul 14, 2012 04:11 AM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Joan, my Friday was a good day, both for business and personal

Jul 14, 2012 04:57 AM #6
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

LOL I had NO idea that there was even a word for fear of Friday the 13th.  You can chalk this up for one of those "you learn something new every day" moments for me!

Jul 15, 2012 10:18 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Joan --- well, we survived another Friday the 13th!   Hope your new week is off to a great start.

Jul 16, 2012 02:51 PM #8
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Joan  Very thorough history lesson on Friday the 13th.  .  My husband reminded me of the date on the 14th  :)

Jul 17, 2012 05:58 AM #9
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Joan - If I can use the word Paraskevidekatriaphobia in a sentence tomorrow, my world will be gold.

Jul 18, 2012 12:47 PM #10
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Thanks for all of your comments.  I had a very trying week... Must have  been that Friday the 13th thing!  Actually, thing got a log better. Thanks Mary Sussie,Teral, Barbara,Ed, Renee, Michael, karen and Jason.. Hope that all of you had a luck Friday the 13th.

Jul 18, 2012 12:55 PM #11
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

well... were your fears founded? My whole week felt like a friday the 13th!! It was a tough one!

Jul 18, 2012 01:29 PM #12
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

I know about some of the origins of Friday 13th but not the full story.  This was a really informative article.

Jul 18, 2012 11:45 PM #13
Anja Kerstens
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Morgan Hill, CA
GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real

Joan, that was not an easy post to read. Words I never heard of before and can't even pronouce. Very interesting story. It caught my interest for sure.

Jul 19, 2012 02:15 AM #14
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