That Special Day

Ah, my favourite date of the year, Friday the 13th. No matter where I am or what I am doing I always note this day. A big fan of the macabre and horror movies, Friday the 13th always holds a dark fascination on me. Like today for example – I’m just recovering from a fever, brought on yesterday and with lots of rest and sleep I’m feeling a whole lot better from evening. But the date is still on my mind.

I remember that as a young boy, before ever having watched any of the movies involving Jason, his machete or his hockey mask, my cousin Arun put this notion in my mind that all Friday’s were scary days and that the 13th was even more horrifying in particular. He was so good in describing the horror that not only did I get scared……but he got scared as well!!! I mean, the first movie came out in 1980 or 81 and this incident must have been around 84 or 85 (when I was 8 or 9).

Anyway this day is noted to be one of bad luck by superstitious people, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. Another theory is to do with the ledengary Knights Templar – threatened by that power and eager to acquire their wealth, King Philip secretly ordered the mass arrest of all the Knights Templar in France on Friday, October 13, 1307. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month’s 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. Today is this year’s only Friday the 13th.

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