Today is Friday the 13th, also called the “Unlucky Day of the Year”.
The superstition is cultivated by many countries in the western world, from Britain to the US, Canada and other parts of Europe – it has even formed the basis of a classic horror franchise.
And it’s not the only Friday the 13th you’ll get this year either, with another one due in October.
But the history of the meaning behind today goes back much further than this year. In fact, it goes back hundreds of years.
So why does Friday the 13th have a reputation for being unlucky? Here’s what you need to know…
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?
Many believe the superstition began in the Middle Ages and is rooted in the crucifixion when Jesus Christ was betrayed on a Friday and 13 people were present at the Last Supper.
As a result, Friday and the number 13 were considered unlucky, but they were not paired until the 19th century.
In 1869, Henry Sutherland Edward’s biography of the composer Gioachino Rossini mentioned that the day of his death (Friday the 13th) was significant.
He wrote: “He [Rossini] was surrounded by admiring friends to the last; and if it is true that, like so many Italians, he considered Friday an unlucky day and thirteen an unlucky number, it is remarkable that he died on Friday November 13th.
In 1907, the fateful date also appeared in a novel by Thomas W. Lawson, aptly titled Friday, the Thirteenth
The novel, which follows a stockbroker who decides to create panic around the date to manipulate the markets, begins: “It begins: “Friday the 13th; I thought so. When Bob starts there’s hell but I’ll see what I can do.’
Some also believe that the day has its origins in 1307, when King Philip IV of France tortured and burned alive hundreds of Knights Templar.
Honestly, no one knows, but one thing is clear: there seems to be a lot Bad luck floating around that day.
Fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia (and in this sense the fear of long words is called hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia).
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