The first Friday the 13th of the decade is here but why is this day fear the most? Many people believe it to be attracted with badluck, some to horror happening that day, others to good will bimht let’s loon at the story behind that day
However, don’t let that deter you from learning about the potential origins of Friday the 13th’s bad luck, or the 12 other fantastic facts about Friday the 13th we’ve got for you right here!
Some people attribute it to Jesus being crucified on a Friday with 13 guests at the Last Supper the night before, whereas some people think it comes from a biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who dies on a Friday the 13th sometime in the late 19th Century.
Another potential reason is the 1907 story written by Thomas Lewson, titled Friday the Thirteenth, which was about a Wall Street broker who reaped destruction on the stock markets on Friday the 13th.
The fear of Friday the 13th is known as “Friggatriskaidekaphobia.”
The word traces its etymological roots to both Norse and Greek languages, being derived from the Norse “Frigg,” the Norse Goddess that Friday is named after (also known as Freya), and the two Greek words “triskaideka” meaning “thirteen” and “phobia” meaning “fear.”
In Italian culture, 13 is generally considered a lucky number, whereas a 17 is considered unlucky.
This is because 17, when written in Roman numerals as XVII, can be shuffled around to form the word “VIXI,” meaning “I have lied” with the implication of death in the present, and is therefore considered a bad omen.
Likewise, in Spanish-speaking countries as well as Greece, a Friday the 13th is just viewed as another day, but a Tuesday the 13th is considered a very ominous and unlucky day.
Studies have shown that millions of people, especially in the West, are wary of a Friday the 13th, and that businesses tend to suffer losses on Friday the 13ths more than any other numbered Friday.
Friday the 13th has little to no marked effects or fluctuations in things like hospital visits, accidents or natural disasters.
Whenever a year begins on a Thursday, that year’s February, March and November are guaranteed to have a Friday the 13th.
This pattern of Friday the 13ths occurs 3 times every 28 years, happening last time in 2015 and happening again 2026.
Alfred Hitchcock, considered as cinema’s original father of horror and master of suspense, was born on a Friday the 13th on the 13th of August in 1899.
Another famous person to share the birthday of Friday the 13th was former Cuban President and communist revolutionary Fidel Castro.