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Friday the 13th Superstition August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th is the most popular superstition around the world. According to it, if the 13th day of a month comes as a friday, it is considered to be a bad day. People think that on this day the probability of accidents, deaths and bad happenings are more.


In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia, triskaidekaphobia, or paraskevidekatriaphobia.

The superstition may have originated because of the number 13 which is considered as an irregular number in the ancient ages. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, etc. The number that follows the 12 is the most incomplete one.

It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and his last supper had 13 people.

Incidently 13th Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other natural disasters. But according to studies, the rates of accidents is as same as that occured in other days.

The superstition has led people to avoid their normal routines in doing business, travelling etc. May be that is the reason for the fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft.

Do you believe in Friday the 13th superstition? Comment.

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