Friday The 13th

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year. Today is a Friday the 13th!

The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia”; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called¬†paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the¬†Greekwords¬†Paraskev√≠ (meaning Friday), and¬†dekatre√≠s¬†(meaning thirteen). The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the¬†Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’¬†last supper¬†and¬†crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the¬†Upper Room¬†on the 13th of Nisan¬†Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on¬†Good Friday. While there is evidence of both¬†Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

As a child I was frightened by the original movie of the Friday the 13th franchise, which came out in 1980 and have 12 films have grossed over $464 million at the box-office worldwide, and having seen it a few years later. My cousins made up all scary stories about Friday the 13th when we were kids to the point that we scared ourselves. I ofcourse love the film franchise and am watching it right now.

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