What’s Up With The Superstition Behind Friday The 13th?
Friday the 13th shudders many from carrying out any task. It is considered an inauspicious day which is filled with superstitions that dates back to several centuries ago. However, the day is wrapped around a mysterious evolution that prevails to scare people even today.
There is always an eerie feeling when one talks about Friday the 13th. The number and the day coincide to bring ill-feelings and omens of some sort that have been witnessed for years now. However, no one really knows much about the origin of this superstituious day yet it has been recorded that this day hasn’t gone well for many important personalities. Considered to be an unlucky day, it is supposed to bring evil news and seems to be bad for anyone to venture out or even start a specific task. Many avoid weddings, birthday parties, any happy occasions on Friday 13.
However, there are various facts and fallacies related to this inauspicious day that hold various theories around the idea. The day even has its own name, Paraskevidekatriaphobia, as many do believe that bad things happen on this date. In fact, there is proof. Singer Tupac died on Friday 13, the Buckingham Palace was bombed, it is said even the Cold War started on Friday 13. The day is wrapped around mysterious theories but there are a few main events which are considered to have given birth to this ominous day.
Though many think that a guy in a white mask might be running down the streets slaying people with his sword (reference to the video game), here are some possible origins believed by some that are known to have made this day unlucky.
*It said that in 1307, King Philip IV of France had orderd the arrest of Knights of the Templar, a Catholic military order. And since then, a dark age had begun which unleased evil on people for generations.
*In 1907, Thomas W. Lawson released a novel called Friday, The Thirteenth. The hysteria for this day had also started since then. The novel was about a stockbroker who creates financial panic on the date to take advantage of the outcome.
*In Christianity, it is believed that during the Last Supper, Judas Iscariot who has deceived Jesus on a Friday that led to his crucifixion. Also it is said he might have been the 13th disciple.
*One of the oldest references is in ancient Babylonian history (1700s BC). In the Code of Hammurabi, an early law code, the laws are numbered and skip from 12 to 14. Possibly the Babylonians considered 13 to be unlucky because of the Song of Ishtar, an ancient Babylonian epic poem. The 13th line contains the name of the Goddess of the Dead.
*The number 13 has always been seen as a bit of an oddity while 12 has been seen as a number denoting ‘completeness.’ There were 12 Gods of Olympus and 12 hours of the clock. There are also 12 months in a year and the equivalent number of signs in the Zodiac, as well as 12 Apostles of Jesus. And, you apparently need 13 witches to form a coven that spells destruction, according to ancient beliefs.
There will be two Friday the 13s this year, one in April i.e., today and the other in July. In fact, there will be two Friday the 13s every year till 2020. Hence, plan events at your own risk.