It’s Friday the 13th today and social media is buzzing with superstitions, and we thought we would also get on the bandwagon and indulge. What makes this particular Friday the 13th more notable is that it’s the second Friday 13th of the year. The first one was in March, and that is the month when South Africa and many other countries commenced Coronavirus lockdowns. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year and popular opinion is that if the past few months are anything to go by, this Friday the 13th is certainly ushering in bad luck. 

There’s a general belief that on Friday the 13th, everything that could go wrong, will. If you want to know the origins of the day and what the big deal is; you’ve come to the right place.

What happens on Friday the 13th? 

People believe that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. The day has a bad reputation for bringing bad luck. Hence, many people prefer to stay home on Friday the 13th and procrastinate on making any drastic decisions. 

How did Friday the 13th start? 

According to History.com, biblical traditions states that 13 people attended the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, and the following day, on a Friday, Jesus got crucified. The seating arrangement at The Last Supper also gave rise to Christian’s belief that having 13 people at a dinner table is a bad omen.

In western culture, the number 12 is associated with completion; there are 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 Gods of Olympus, and 12 tribes of Israel. While the number 13 has negative connotations. Friday the 13th even has its own psychological term: friggatriskaidekaphobia. 

What is friggatriskaidekaphobia? 

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.

While there is no scientific evidence or proof that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, it’s better to take it easy today. Spend the evening at home doing things you enjoy and avoid making big decisions. Also, be mindful not to blame negative incidents on the fact that its Friday the 13th because, ultimately, it is a day like any other day.