Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

What is Friday the 13th?

Every year, Friday the 13th occurs one to three times. This day is considered unlucky in many countries around the world and is associated with bad luck. The only time it will appear this year is on Friday, May 13th, 2022.

Why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky?

As according to biblical tradition, Jesus and his 12 apostles were among the 13 diners at the Last Supper, which took place on Maundy Thursday (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The following day was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’s crucifixion. The Last Supper seating arrangement is thought to have given rise to a long-standing Christian belief that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen; specifically, that it was courting death. Some have speculated that they may have their origins in Christian tradition. Friday was also the day Eve handed Adam the fateful apple from the Tree of Knowledge, along with the day that Cain killed his brother, Abel.

Friday the 13th novel/ horror film

In 1907, The novel Friday the 13th was published by Thomas William Lawson. The novel featured the story of a New York City stockbroker who uses date superstitions to cause panic on Wall Street and make a killing on the market.

Friday the 13th, a 1980 horror film that introduced the world to a hockey mask-wearing killer named Jason. It’s the most famous example of a legendary superstition in pop cultural history. Multiple sequels followed, along with comic books, video games, souvenirs, and a horrific Halloween costumes.

Here are some things NOT to do on Friday the 13th:

  • Walk under a ladder
  • Break a mirror
  • Open an umbrella inside
  • Spill Salt
  • Step on a crack 
  • Walk past a cat

No need to be afraid of the day or avoid doing anything you would normally do. You can always cross your fingers in hoping nothing bad will happen. 🙂