Posted by terrepruitt on March 12, 2015
So, tomorrow is Friday the 13th. It is a bad day. Gotta stay in bed. Can’t do anything. Bad luck. Hate it. All of these things I have heard about the day had me thinking, “Why?” I use the term “luck” as in, I’ll say, “Good luck,” but I am not so much a believer in luck. I don’t associate good luck or bad luck with a number or a day. I have heard about Friday the 13th being “bad” for as long as I can remember, but I have no idea why. Do you? What is Friday with the number 13 attached to it such a bullied day? Well, I still can’t tell you for certain.
The information I found doesn’t say for sure why people dislike / are afraid of / dread / whatever the case may be Friday’s numbered 13. In fact, it could just be a “Western Culture” thing. Because according to Wiki, “Spanish speaking countries and Greeks” consider Tuesdays numbered 13 to be “bad luck” days. Wiki states that “an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day”. The estimation is coming from the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.
I know some people see the number 13 as a bad luck number, but I don’t understand why it is so particularly bothersome on Friday. Some information points to the 13 apostles and Christ being crucified on Friday. But, that idea makes my brain hurt because I – personally – don’t associate religion and superstition.
It does seem as if this idea of Friday the 13th being a bad day is fading away . . . but even if people don’t really believe it to be a bad day, people still mention it. It is as if, for many of us, the thought – whether we believe it or not – is engrained in our minds. It is almost a habit that sometimes people say it. I know I have experienced people saying something about it then when I say, “I don’t have any ill will towards the day.” Their faces kind of scrunch up as they realize they don’t either and it was just out of a silly habit that they mentioned it.
Although I do understand that people might have phobia regarding the number 13 or Friday 13th, I am more just talking about the superstition and trying to pinpoint where that came from. Because . . . as I said, I have heard that all my life. My mother used to say her father was very superstitious and would do things that amaze me. One thing she said he did (or didn’t do) was regarding leaving the house. Once you left the house you couldn’t go back. That always amazed me because I am always having to go back. I have gotten a little bit better, but I know there was a time where I was convinced my poor cat just thought that was how someone left the house (leave, come back, leave). I never left the house without coming back for a very long period of time. Now, I can tell you the last time I did it because it was just this week, but I hadn’t done it in a long time.
I sometimes think superstitions stem from results of things happening that you wouldn’t want to happen. Like ladders falling on people so the superstition of it being “bad luck” to walk under a ladder was born. Or a hat being sat on when it was on the bed, so the superstition of “bad luck” resulting from putting a hat on a bed. Perhaps things that were bad that happened on a Friday were just more evident because there isn’t work the next day so people dwell on it more than if it happened on a Tuesday and people were busy with their work and lives? And 13 just got thrown in there for good measure because of that being a “bad luck” number?
What do you feel about Friday the 13th? Do you have a story about how it came about as a “bad luck” day? Do you do things differently on Fridays that are 13s?