I don’t usually take note of such negative superstitious beliefs, but three people have asked me this question today already!
Friday the 13th, also known as Black Friday, is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday.
In fact, fear of this day is taken so seriously, it has a special name. The phobia, known as Friggatriskaidekaphobia comes from Frigga, the name of the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and Triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number thirteen.
Today is actually the second Friday the 13th of the year. The first was in February and there will be another one in November.
Many regard it as a bad luck day. The origin of this belief isn’t perfectly clear, but both Friday and, separately, the number 13 have long been considered unlucky. Sometime around the late 19th century, people started putting the two together to form the unluckiest day of all.
While many will laugh off the superstitious day, others will remain in bed paralyzed by fear and avoid daily tasks, conducting business or traveling. I believe more in the power of faith and that my day will be however I wish it to be. Obviously, my wishes are always good ones 🙂
How about you? How has your day been so far? Do you believe that today is a ‘bad luck’ day? Or do you have any recollection of bad luck on any past Friday 13th?