Facts & history of Friday the 13th. Why is it unlucky?
Friday the 13th, considered by many as one of the unluckiest days of the year, is here again. This is the second time the fearsome event has struck in 2017, with the first occurring in January.
If you are worried about what’s in store this time then you’re not alone. Psychologists have even come up with a word for how you’re feeling – paraskavedekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
One option is to stay tucked up in bed all day to avoid any potential Friday the 13th bad luck that may come your way or, alternatively, you could ignore the superstitious chatter and embrace it.
Friday the 13th: Why is it unlucky?
Friday the 13th has long been regarded as an unlucky day. Why do we choose this day in particular to fear for our lives?
- The superstition around this day is thought to have come about during the Middle Ages, and may have Biblical origins.
- Some historians have claimed it was the day on which Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the great flood began and the builders of the Tower of Babel.
- In the New Testament there were 13 people present for Jesus’s last supper on Maundy Thursday, the day before Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday.