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What is Friday the 13th?
According to Wikipedia, it ”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.” (Wikipedia)
The fear of Friday the 13th has been given the name, paraskevidekatriaphobia. This comes from two Greek words, paraskvi and dekatreis. Paraskvi means “Friday,” and dekatreis means “thirteen.”
It is thought that the supersitition surrounding this day comes from the Middle Ages. Some think it came from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion. At which there was 13 people present on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday. This was the night before his death on Good Friday. Friday and the number thirteen occurring together, is thought to be unlucky but there is no evidence that that superstition occurred before the 19th century. (Wikipedia)
Some people also believe it came from a Friday the 13th, in the year of 1307. It was the month of October and officers of King Philip IV of France had to arrest hundreds of the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar was “a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defense of the Holy Land.” The men arrested were brought up on charges of many different illegal behaviors. They weren’t believed to have actually committed any crimes but King Philip wanted access to their financial information. Many of these men were executed later on. Much of the information surrounding the Knights Templar is foggy, so no one can say for sure what really happened. (History)
The Impact of Friday the 13th
“According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history.” – Wikipedia
Some people are so fearful that when it comes to this particular day, they don’t even get out of bed. Their normal routines suffer. There is an estimation that the U.S. has lost about $800 million in business on this day. (Wikipedia)
Friday the 13th has not only given people fear but it has also given people inspiration. Thomas William Lawson wrote a book called, Friday, the Thirteenth. It is about a stockbroker living in New York City, who uses superstitions about Friday the 13th “to create chaos on Wall Street and make a killing on the market.”
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It has also served as the title of a very popular film franchise called, Friday the 13th. It was released in 1980, showing a killer named Jason who chose to keep his face hidden by wearing a hockey mask. It became extremely famous. After the movie was released it lead to many sequels, comic books, novellas, video games, and lots of merchadise, including the famous hockey mask as a Halloween costume. (History)
Bad Events on Friday the 13th
There have been a lot of terrible things that have happened on Friday the 13th. In September of 1940, the German bombing of the Buckingham Palace was on Friday the 13th. In November of 1970, a cyclone killed over 300,000 people in Bangladesh on Friday the 13th. In September of 1996, the famous rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th. One more recent example was in January of 2012. The Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed and killed 30 people on Friday the 13th. There are a lot more incidents that have happened on Friday the 13th. (History)
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Some may argue that bad things happen every day, if you look close enough or do enough research, you could find out something bad happened on every day of the year. I won’t argue with this because it is the truth. I am definitely not afraid of Friday the 13th. I was almost born on Friday the 13th. In September of 1996, my mom went into labor on Friday the 13th. I was born hours later on the 14th. I can honestly I am glad that it happened that way. I don’t know if I believe in the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th but I know for certain that I wouldn’t want to be born on that exact day. What do you think? Do you believe is superstitions?