Today Is Friday the 13th! Are You Worried? Or Is It Just TGIF For You?

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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 the 13 Reasons People Think The Number 13 Is Unlucky by clicking on this link.

 

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.

 

How To Stay Lucky On Friday The 13th!

 

Happy Friday 13th

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These facts about Friday the 13th are brought to you by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, RE/MAX Executiveyour Charlotte metro area real estate consultants. 

 

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Joe Pryor
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I am not superstitious at all so Friday the 13th doesn't bother me at all. I would comment more but I have to go to the kitchen to through some salt over my shoulder to keep the vampires away.

Jan 13, 2017 01:51 PM #39
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Nina

Today Friday the 13th has been a great day . . . . and our black cat is relaxing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 13, 2017 02:19 PM #40
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Nina, it has been a really good day, and Friday the 13th never really bothers me.  I own a black cat too - Aja.

Jan 13, 2017 02:48 PM #41
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Joan Cox ~ Hi Joan,  your black cat is bringing you luck today... (actually, I love black cats. Have never understood why people don't.).

Jan 13, 2017 02:50 PM #42
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I didn't even notice it was Friday the 13th until evening.  It was a lovely day, faux spring in the middle of winter.   The temperature matters more than the day of the month, when all is said and done.  

Jan 13, 2017 05:16 PM #43
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Good morning Nina.  Just another day at the office. for me.  This week has been very productive. 2017 is going to be a great year

Jan 14, 2017 02:13 AM #44
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James Dray ~ good morning, James... I always have a little bit of extra spring in my step when the number 13 is in a date, Friday or not. I think of it as a lucky number.

Jan 14, 2017 03:41 AM #45
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Lou Ludwig ~ good morning, Lou. I am delighted to hear that your black cat had a relaxing day on Friday the 13th!

Jan 14, 2017 03:42 AM #46
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Dianne Goode ~ good morning, Dianne... it was like late spring here, too, yesterday and the day before. Clear blue skies made it even better. I think the weather will turn a bit, unfortunately, over the weekend. Have a good one, anyway!

Jan 14, 2017 03:43 AM #47
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Joe Pryor ~ good morning, Joe... your comment really made me laugh! I could just see you rushing to that kitchen for salt! Did you avoid cracks in the sidewalk yesterday, too?

Jan 14, 2017 03:44 AM #48
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We had no fears on Friday. Dolores and I attended a very nice luncheon and then watched the movie Sully which was excellent.

Jan 14, 2017 05:14 AM #49
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Roy Kelley ~ hi Roy, amazing isn't it, how many superstitions are out there that have little or no basis in fact? Have a super weekend!

Jan 14, 2017 05:19 AM #50
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It was TFIF for me, no worries Nina Hollander BUT my accountant did call and said "bring a check by my office for the IRS" and it was for several thousand dollars. 

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Jan 14, 2017 06:48 AM #51
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Bob "RealMan" Timm ~ hi Bob... ouch! Writing that check must have hurt! But what you're saying maybe is you had such a good year and made so much money, the IRS was after you!  That may be a good problem to have!

Jan 14, 2017 12:10 PM #52
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Oddly enough, I didn't even realize it was "Friday," the 13th until bedtime. Friday was a good day! I wonder what my day would have been like if I realized it the moment I woke up that morning - would the day be any different? LOL

I confess, in the past, I was always worried about Friday the 13th. 

 

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Nina like you I consider Friday and Friday the 13th as a lucky day... too bad I was busy I should have bought a lottery ticket:))Endre

Jan 14, 2017 01:25 PM #54
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Patricia Feager ~ hi Patricia, personally I don't think for a minute that the date had anything to do with your having a good day.... but then again, who knows?

Jan 14, 2017 01:50 PM #55
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Endre Barath, Jr. ~ hi Endre... I didn't buy a lottery ticket either... somehow, was so busy, it never even ocurred to me to do so! Maybe I would have won.

Jan 14, 2017 01:51 PM #56
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What a fun post, Nina. I thought it was a fine day and had no fear that anything bad was going to happen.

Jan 14, 2017 06:57 PM #57
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Debbie Reynolds ~ good morning, Debbie... glad to hear you had a good day. I always expect a good one when the number 13 is involved, even if it's not on a Friday!

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