Today is Friday the 13th
There is great superstition and stories surrounding Friday the 13th.
People think it’s an unlucky day. I was curious as to the origins of all the superstition so I did a little research. A google search on Friday the 13th brings up tons of hits!
Some are for the movie of the same name, the 1980 slasher film by Sean Cunningham that I grew up watching. Jason Voorhees drowns as a little boy in Camp Crystal Lake and comes back to have his vengeance on pretty much anyone standing in his way.
It was a brilliant movie, just a couple of years after “Halloween” by John Carpenter, together they ushered in the era of the slasher film!
But if you scroll down past all that, there is tons of information about how Friday the 13th got its reputation of being so unlucky.
The National Geographic website had an ancient tale that attempts to explain it.
Fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities ultimately combined to make one super unlucky day.
They trace the fear of 13 to a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Balder died and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned. It was a bad, unlucky day. From that moment on, the number 13 has been considered ominous and foreboding.
There’s a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or the Norse myth, that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. There were 13 people seated at the last super, Judas betrayed Jesus which set the stage for the crucifixion
Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
Adam and Eve bit the apple on the Garden of Eden on a Friday.
Modern times haven’t changed much, here are some more myths about Friday the 13th
If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.
A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.
Some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th; some won’t eat in restaurants; many wouldn’t think of setting a wedding on the date.
Some hotels and building are built without a 13th floor, some cities and towns make sure not to have a 13th Avenue or Street.
Legend has it never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams.
If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow.
Don’t start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.
Some people suffer from a phobia of Friday the 13th, called friggatriskaidekaphobia.
I think this is pretty interesting stuff, but I have a hard time believing any of it.
I think we make our own luck, our choices and the way we choose to live is up to us!
I believe in karma and you get what you give, period!
So this Friday the 13th, have fun, watch a scary movie and don’t be afraid, it’s just another day!
I leave you with one of my favorite clips of the original Friday the 13th, don’t be a scardy cat, watch it!