Today, September 13, 2013, is a Friday the 13th, the day when many persons believe that many unfortunate and even tragic events can happen. Your mom might say to you, don’t go to the streets tonight. Or someone might say don’t cut your hair, it’s bad luck today. Don’t go to a trip, it’s an accident prone day.
But how did this started?
Friday the 13th Beginnings
The thirteenth of the month is just another day like any other day of the month. But it has been given a special meaning and precautions of the number 13 has many roots.
The first recorded history is about Henry Sutherland Edwards, a British journalist who regarded Friday as an unlucky day and 13 is an unlucky number. During his burial, his friends coined the 13th day of the month that falls on a Friday as a very unlucky day.
The belief was then popularized as well by the famous books of Dan Brown which is the Da Vinci Code and John J. Johnson’s Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry. The books suggested that on October 13, 1307 which fell on a Friday the 13th, hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested in France due to arrogance of King Philip IV.
Another movie made the belief even more famous. The title of the movie is “Friday the 13th” which was first released in 1980 and several remakes were made thereafter. The plot involves a group of youngsters who were murdered one by one brutally after they tried to re-open an abandoned campground.
Fear of Friday the 13th
Because of these and many other reasons untold, lots of persons fear the Friday the 13th. The name of this fear is paraskevidekatriaphobia from “paraskevi” which means Friday, “deka” which means 10, “tri” which means 3 and “phobia” which means fear. This fear includes not going out of the room on this day.
Remember: there is no known evidence of Friday the 13th. Thus, it is still a superstition. And you should not be afraid of it.