The fear of Friday the 13th

The fear of Friday the 13th

 

  • There is reportedly no written evidence of the ‘Friday the 13th’ superstition before the 19th century, but superstitions surrounding the number 13 date back to at least 1700 BC.
  • The fear of ‘Friday the 13th’ is called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. 17 to 21 million people in the US suffer from it although they cannot pronounce it.
  • ‘Friday the 13th’ is considered an unlucky day to take a trip, to begin a new project or to have a major life change (such as a birth, a marriage, among other events).
  • The superstition became popular since Thomas W. Lawson’s famous novel, ‘Friday, the Thirteenth’ where a stock broker uses the date to manipulate the stock market.
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  • Wall Street has fostered a fear of ‘Friday the 13th’ for decades. There is also record of a mini-crash on a Friday which was the 13th in the US. India has no such records.
  • The arrest of Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, occurred on Friday, October 13, 1307. This is hinted at by Dan Brown in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ as well.
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  • Driving is a little bit safer on ‘Friday the 13th’ according to a United States statistician Alex Hoen.
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  • If you break a mirror on ‘Friday the 13th’, it is believed that you will have seven years of bad luck.
  • If you cut your hair on ‘Friday the 13th’, someone in your family will die, according to a legend.
  • The only ‘Friday the 13th’ this year is in this month, that was yesterday. It is also the only month to start on a Sunday!
  • People born on this day are considered to be unlucky through life. Fidel Castro could agree in part, he was born on a Friday – August 13, 1926.

    ​The film and television series on ‘Friday the 13th’ led to the making of one of the most memorable masks on screen! The commercially successful ‘Friday the 13th’ enterprise includes 12 horror movies, a television series and several books that focus on curses and superstitions.

  • Since 1995, Finland has dedicated one ‘Friday the 13th’ in a year to observe National Accident Day. The day aims to raise awareness about safety.