It’s a little murky, but the origin of this superstition probably goes back to the Last Supper attended by Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples the night before his crucifixion on Good Friday. The 13th person has been associated with Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ. Additionally, the number 13 is considered “imperfect” when compared to 12, since there are 12 months in a year, 12 days of Christmas, etc.
A connection has also been made to King Philip IV of France who arrested (and later executed) hundreds of the Knights Templar on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307.
The convergence of two superstitions between the number 13 and Friday seem to be at the heart of many questions concerning this particular superstition. So lets start with those.
FRIDAY has been an inauspicious day for a very long time, and in many varied cultures. It has been held to be both unlucky and as a day when evil influences are at work.
In Ancient Rome, Friday was execution day.
In some pre-Christian Religions Friday was a day of worship, so those who involved themselves in secular or self-interested activities on that day were not likely to receive the blessings of the gods on their undertakings. Which may go a long way to explain the superstition of not embarking on journeys or starting important projects on Fridays.
From the Christian bible:
- Friday is reputed to be the day Eve gave Adam the apple.
- It is said to be the day Adam & Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden.
- Friday is also reputed to be the day they (Adam & Eve) died.
- The Great Flood is supposed to have started on a Friday.
- God was said to have struck the builders of the Towel of Babel and created the confusion of many tongues, on a Friday.
- The Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday.
- Christ was crucified and died on a Friday.
In Britain, Friday was customarily Hanging Day.
It is said accidents are more common on Fridays, however, that may be more because Friday is the end of the work week and people are hurrying to get away from work, than any sinister reasons.
It is supposed that witches favour Friday for coven gatherings. This Pagan association was not lost on the early Christian Church, which went to considerable lengths to suppress them. If Friday was a holy day for "heathens" the Church fathers felt it must not be so for Christians, hence in the middle ages Friday became known as the "Witches' Sabbath."
The name "Friday" is derived from the Norse goddess known either as Frigg - wife of Odin (the goddess of marriage & fertility, the moon & witches) or Freya (goddess of love, beauty, sensuality, war, good fortune, magic & wisdom). To complicate matters the two goddesses are combined and used interchangeably by many, however, the etymology of Fridayhas been given both ways.
Pre-Christian Teutonic people actually considered Fridayto be lucky, particularly for wedding, because of its association with the aforementioned goddesses. This however changed when the Christian church came into ascendancy. Frigg/Freya was re-cast in folklore as a witch and her day became associated with evil doings.
Various legends developed in that vein, one however, is of particular interest:
As the legend goes, the witches of the north used to observe their Sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, (Freya herself) came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only twelve at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches' coven, and, by "tradition," every properly-formed coven since, is comprised of thirteen members.
Other superstitions concerning Friday include:
- Clothing made on a Friday will never fit properly.
- Visiting your doctor on Friday will not have a good result.
- Never change your bed on a Friday, as it will result in nightmares and bad dreams.
- One should not move their residence or marry on a Friday, if they expect any good to come of it.
- Cut your nails of Friday and you cut them for sorrow.
- Ill news received on a Friday will etch wrinkles in the face of the recipient, more so than the same news received on any other day.
- Friday is an inauspicious day to start a trip as "misfortune will bound to follow."
- Ships that set sail on Friday will have bad luck. ~ This superstition is supported by the Urban legend of the H.M.S. Friday.
It is reported that, in an attempt to debunk the many sailors' superstitions centered around Fridays, the British government commissioned a special ship. They named it the H.M.S. Friday; the crew was selected on a Friday, the keel was set on a Friday, and she was launched on a Friday. They even went so far as to hire a man named Friday to captain her. It was on a Friday that she set sail on her maiden voyage, and as the story goes, was never heard of again.
Children born on Fridays are believed by some to be unlucky, but they will enjoy the gifts of second sight and healing powers.
On the other side of things, the old nursery rhyme says "Friday's child is loving and giving", so not all cultures agreed that Friday was a bad day to be born.
An old proverb said "If you laugh on Friday you will cry on Sunday,"
There are those who say the weather on Friday will be repeated on Sunday.
The number THIRTEEN is much maligned, The prejudice against the number is more or less planet wide. The Turks are said to have so disliked the number so much that it was all but eradicated from their vocabulary. In fact there are so many people with a fear (triskaidekaphobia) of the number thirteen, that many will go to great lengths to avoid any association with it. This is why there are cities that do not have a thirteenthStreet or Avenue, highways often do not have a thirteenthexit, many airports do not have a thirteenth gate and many buildings do not have rooms and in some cases floors number thirteen.
The number thirteen is associated with the supposed number of members in a witches' coven. As the legend goes, the witches of the north used to observe their Sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, (Freya herself) came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only twelve at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches' coven, and, by "tradition," every properly-formed coven since, is comprised of thirteen members.
It is also interesting to note in this story, the possible origin of the belief that a witch's familiar is a cat.
One of the most commonly known and observed superstitions concerning the number thirteen, has to do with dining. It is said to be incredibly unlucky to be invited to dinner and have thirteen people at table.
The belief is that the first person to rise from table and/or the last person to sit down at the table are destined to die within the calendar year. The only way to avoid this is for everyone to be seated and to rise from the table at the same time. Not an easy feat, however, there is some hope for everyone's survival if two or more of the people at dinner are seated at another/separate table.
- This superstition is said to originate with the Last Supper at which Judas Iscariot was the last person to take a seat at table.
- The superstition is also said to have originated in the East with the Hindus, who believed, for their own reasons, that it is always unlucky for thirteen people to gather in one place at one time, say - at dinner.
- Interestingly enough, precisely the same superstition has been attributed to the ancient Vikings. There is an old Norse legend that seems tailor made for continuing this trend;
As the story goes, twelve gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the Evil One, (god of mischief) had been left off the guest list but crashed the party, bringing the total number of attendees to thirteen. True to character, Loki incited Hod (the blind god of darkness and winter) into attacking Balder the Good (fairest of the gods). Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him instantly. All Valhalla grieved.
This tale apparently explains why the Norse themselves adhere to the belief that thirteen people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck.
One of the more perplexing suggestions of origin is that the fears surrounding the number thirteen are as ancient as the act of counting. This speculative explanation suggests, primitive man had only his ten fingers and two feet to represent units, so he could count no higher than twelve. What lay beyond that -thirteen- was an unfathomable mystery to our prehistoric antecedents, hence an object of fear, confusion and superstition. Which has the feel of possible truth, but my first thought was, those self-same humans didn't wear shoes, so why didn't they use their toes to count with as well?
There is also a theory which has a ring of truth to it that suggests that the number thirteen may have been purposely vilified by the founders of patriarchal religions in the early days of western civilization because it represented femininity.
Thirteen had been revered in prehistoric goddess-worshiping cultures, we are told, because it corresponded to the number of lunar (and coincidentally, menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days).
The "Earth Mother of Laussel," for example, a 27,000 year old carving found near the Lascaux caves in France is often cited as an icon of matriarchal spirituality. It depicts a female figure holding a crescent-shaped horn bearing thirteen notches.
It is speculated that as the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar with the rise of male-dominated civilization and religions, so did the "perfect" number 12 over the "imperfect" number 13, thereafter considered anathema.
It is said that if you have thirteen letters in your name you will have the "Devil's luck." There may be some truth in that as Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all had thirteen letters in their names.
More superstitions about the number thirteen include:
- There are thirteen steps leading to the gallows.
- There are thirteen knots in a hangman's noose.
- It is thirteen feet the blade of a guillotine falls.
- There were thirteen people at the last supper.
- Lizzy Borden was said to have spoken only thirteenwords at her trial.
- There were thirteen original colonies.
- The US Seal has thirteen stars, bars, and feathers in the eagle's tail. The eagle carries thirteen bars in one claw, thirteen olive branches in the other.
- E pluribus Unum has thirteen letters.
- Ancient Romans regarded the number thirteen as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.
- The thirteenth card in a Tarot deck is "Death" often pictured as the Grim Reaper (a skeleton, often in a hooded cape, carrying a scythe). It should be noted however, that the Death card is rarely if ever read as "death" but as transition, change or new beginnings.
- The driver of Princess Diana's vehicle hit pillar #13at Place de l'Alma when she was killed in Paris, France.
- Apollo 13. In 1970, the thirteenth mission was to be launched from pad #39 (13 x 3). The mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module. The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th.
.- In France, a "quatrorzieme" is a professional 14th guest hired by people who had only thirteen guests in attendance for dinner, and who felt that was unlucky.
- A baker's dozen is a term used to describe bakery items such as rolls, or doughnuts sold in a pack of thirteen. I have heard many explanations for this, however, the following is pretty much exemplary of them.
The story tells of a witch near Albany, NY who demanded thirteen items every time she came in to a particular bakery. One day the old bake, who could not afford her extra biscuit, refused her. She is said to have sneered some strange words at the man, and thereafter he suffered terrible luck, until he brought her another thirteen rolls. After that life was once again easy for the baker and word spread around town. The custom is still sometimes practiced today.
The prejudice against the number thirteen is of obscure and ancient origin, as it existed in Roman times long before Christ, and the last supper.
Perhaps of interest, is that the Chinese consider thirteen to be a lucky number.
The ancient Egyptians revered thirteen was the number of the last step a soul took on its journey to eternity, twelve steps taken in life and the final one at death into the eternal glory of the afterlife. Thus making the thirteenth step a joyous one. It is only after the Civilizations of the Pharaohs were ancient history that the association of the number thirteen with death became one of fear instead of one of celebration.
There are some schools of thought that attribute the thirteenth step into the afterlife to be of Hindu origins.
FRIDAY the THIRTEENTH is believed to be the most widespread superstition.
There isn't much documentation prior to the nineteenth century, on why humankind decided to amalgamate the two superstitions, other than the obvious one, in that the thirteenth of a month falls on a Friday between one and three times a year and someone was bound to eventually put two and two, or in this case thirteen and Friday into one day with a really nasty reputation.
The earliest traceable reference to the combination is from the biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. In the book The Life of Rossini, by Henry Sutherland Edwards, it says: "[Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died."
There is a theory that notes references to the superstition are nonexistent prior to 1907, and argues that the Thomas Lawson novel Friday the 13th is what has given rise to the popularity of the superstition. The book, all but forgotten now, concerned dirty dealings in the stock market and sold quite well in its day. It seems unlikely that the novelist, literally invented that premise himself. He treats it within the story, in fact, as a notion that already existed in the public consciousness. This may have set it on a path to becoming the most widespread superstition in modern times, it certainly was readily adopted and popularized by the press.
There is evidence to show that although most people will claim not to be superstitious, businesses, worldwide, show a marked decline in sales etc. on Fridays the thirteenth, as many choose to put off business decisions, investments of money, business and personal travel and even personal events such as weddings. Many others choose not to go in to work, eat in restaurants, go to movies, theatrical performances or to entertain in their homes on that day.
It has been known for the departure of certain ocean liners to be delayed until after midnight to appease passengers' fears of setting sail on a Friday the 13th.
According to Dr Donald Dossey, a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of phobias (and the man who coined the term paraskevidekatriaphobia, sometimes spelled paraskavedekatriaphobia), there may be as many as 21 million people in the United States that currently suffer from some form of the phobia. If he is right, eight percent of Americans are still in the grips of a very old superstition.
There has been research in Britain showing there are fewer cars on the road on a Friday 13th than on any other Friday, and yet there are more accidents reported.
Friday, January the 13th 1939 is one example people hold up for the belief the day is inauspicious. In Australia, on that day, a devastating bushfire swept across southern Victoria, killing 71 people.
Another supposed origin of the Friday the 13th superstition comes from the historical destruction of the Knights Templar.
The Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code and the Movie of the same name, (directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks) popularized the thought that the superstition is tied to the mass arrest of the Knights Templar. Secretly ordered by King Philip of France, (and Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Clement V) the mass arrest, of all the Knights Templar in France happened on Friday, October 13, 1307. The eventual condemnation, and eradication of the Knights Templar was to follow. The King of France and the Pope got the spoils, and a date was cemented in time.
Very nearly everyone you ask has a theory about the origin of the Friday the thirteenth superstition, and no few of them will happily share some frightening or apocryphal story to back it up. And in all honesty most of us enjoy a good "scary tale," as evidenced by the popularity of the series of movies titled "Friday 13th" 1 through 705 (okay, I will admit that may be a bit of an exaggeration)
Nobody knows for sure, but we’ve got some pretty good theories.
It’s likely that Friday the 13th is seen as unlucky for multiple reasons. While the number 13 has been seen as unlucky for centuries (at least in the Western world), the specific superstition of Friday the 13th is much more recent.
Here are a few facts that help to explain the origins of the idea that Friday the 13th is the unluckiest date on the calendar:Fear of the number 13 might have roots in Christianity.
In biblical tradition, 13 people attended the Last Supper, including Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Judas was said to be the 13th person to take his seat at the table. The next day was the day of Christ’s crucifixion—a Friday (hence the tradition of Good Friday). Christians came to believe that seating 13 people at a dining table was bad luck.A similar story can be found in Norse mythology.
Legend holds that the trickster god Loki tricked the blind winter god Höd into killing his brother Baldr with a mistletoe-tipped spear at a dinner party. Loki was the 13th guest.
Superstitions spread gradually, and in many cases, people aren’t sure why they follow them—if you traveled back to the Middle Ages and asked someone why the number 13 was unlucky, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you. However, the Christian and Norse traditions might have played a role.Throughout history, Friday has also had a bad reputation.
Several texts from the 16th and 17th centuries reference Friday as unfortunate or gloomy. These ideas were still prevalent about 100 years later, as the poet Lord Byron believed Friday to hold bad fortune. Some sailors also avoid embarking on Fridays, and will sometimes go to great lengths to avoid leaving port until the day has passed.
That might supply the most viable theory for why Friday the 13th is particularly unlucky: It combines the unluckiest day of the week with the unluckiest number.Another explanation: In 1307, the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday, Oct. 13.
King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests, which allowed him to persecute the secret society (and avoid paying them the debts he’d owed them following a war between France and England).
The knights were burned at the stake. According to legend, the order’s Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, cursed his captors with his last words, thus cursing every Friday the 13th from that point forward.
“God knows who is wrong and has sinned,” de Molay reportedly said. “Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.”
This is an exciting theory, but Friday the 13th wasn’t seen as particularly unlucky in popular culture for several centuries afterward.In 1907, a popular novel helped to spread the belief.
Fittingly titled Friday, the Thirteenth, the book told the story of a Wall Street broker who manipulates the markets, bringing them crashing down on the eponymous date.
Author Thomas William Lawson was actually a stock manipulator, and he intended for his novel to propel Wall Street reforms that would make the marketplace more ethical. He was also extremely superstitious, and he picked the date intentionally to evoke fear in his readers. Friday, the Thirteenth sold well and may have popularized the superstition among Wall Street traders.
An interesting side note: Lawson invested heavily in a schooner named after him, the Thomas W. Lawson. The ship was wrecked off the Isles of Scilly in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 14, 1907—but Lawson was in Boston at the time, so to him, the boat wrecked on Friday the 13th.Today, the superstition of Friday the 13th is well known.
The superstition has grown in popularity since Lawson’s time, and the date itself is, of course, unavoidable. Friday the 13th occurs at least once per year, and can occur as many as three times per year. There are two such dates in 2019 and two in 2020, but 2021 and 2022 will have just one occurrence each. If you’re superstitious—or just a little bit stitious—that’s good news.
The recurrence of a Friday the 13th birthday depends on the month and year in which you were born. Identical calendar years repeat on 6, 11, or 28 year cycles, but any monthly Friday the 13th will occur every 6, 5, 6, and 11 years.
Example : February 13th birthday occurs in 1914, 1920, 1925, 1931, 1942, 1948, 1953, 1959, 1970, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1998, 2004, 2009, 2015, 2026
Birthdays could be any of the following sequences :
The next Friday the 13th after May 2011 is January 2012. 2012 will have three Friday the 13ths, in January, April, and July.
The next Friday the 13th in August isnt until the year 2021
On the 2nd week of May 2016 is Friday the 13th
In 1987, On Friday the 13th, March.
the devil came to earth and thats how friday the 13th was born
The next Friday the 13th will be September 13, 2013. The last Friday the 13th happened in July 2012.
Will Friday the 13th occur every year?
i decided i need a property for Fri the 13th to make my proof easier. i chose the fact that if Friday is the 13th, then Sunday is the 1st. From there, i set out to prove that every year, at least one Sunday will be the first of some month, thus proving the existence of Fri the 13th.
CLAIM: It doesn't matter what day the year starts on because no matter what day the year begins on, each day of the week is the first of some month (which would complete my proof). for this proof, i used modular arithmetic. its a lot more simple than it looks..
Let 0=Su, 1=M, 2=Tu, 3=W, 4=Th, 5=F, 6=Sa (so, I'm working in mod 7)
CASE 1: Non-Leap Year
This is the initial rotation of 1st's. Note that all of the numbers 0-6 (mod 7) are represented. This means that each day starts some month. CASE 2: Leap Year can also be studied based on CASE 1. Note that between Feb-Dec, which is what a Leap Year alters by one day, all of the numbers 0-6 are represented. Therefor, in a given year, Leap or Not, each day of the week falls on the first of some month, which implies that some month will always have a Friday the 13th. ■
I personally don't believe it, however, many superstitious people do, due to 13 being an 'unlucky' number, Friday apparently being a 'unlucky' day, and with the horror movie.
Run around the office naked and punch your boss in the face cuz it's FRIDAY! this guy does not know what he is talking about you go out with your girl friend and make out
According to some experts, the belief that Friday the 13th is a particularly unlucky day is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. It is not an ancient superstition, and it does not refer to any particular historical Friday the 13th. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus, etc. Whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s. Despite the reputation of the two separated elements, there is no evidence for a "Friday the 13th" superstition before the 19th century, and folklore historians state that Friday the 13th was a convergence of the superstitions about "Friday" and "13". The earliest known reference in English occurs in an 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini: [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died. Though the superstition developed relatively recently, much older origins are often claimed for it, most notably in the 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, which declares that the superstition began with the arrest of the Knights Templar on Friday 13 October 1307. This is a modern-day invention. As discussed in one serious account: No one has been able to document the existence of such beliefs prior to the 19th century. If people who lived before the late 1800s perceived Friday the 13th as a day of special misfortune, no evidence has been found to prove it. As a result, some scholars are now convinced the stigma is a thoroughly modern phenomenon exacerbated by 20th-century media hype. Going back a hundred years, Friday the 13th doesn't even merit a mention in E. Cobham Brewer's voluminous 1898 edition of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, though one does find entries for "Friday, an Unlucky Day" and "Thirteen Unlucky." When the date of ill fate finally does make an appearance in later editions of the text, it is without extravagant claims as to the superstition's historicity or longevity.
In 2012,it is:
I don't know about 2013. Sorry!
only 2 - September and December
There in only one Friday that 13th in 2011. It's in May.
Jason kills him
From 12:00 noon to 1:00pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pagans believe that Friday and the number 13 are actually the luckiest day and number. I beg to differ about the above... as a pagan practitioner I can say that the number 13 is not only NOT unlucky, but as it is the number of moons in a year, it is in fact a lucky number. As for Friday, as it is named for the Norse Goddess Freya - Goddess of Love, Beauty, War, Magic and Wisdom, it is again NOT unlucky. === ===
Friday 13th January 2012
Some mean old kid pushed him in and he could not swim so sadly he sank down to the bottom of the lake and now he just sits there waiting for someone to kill. That is what really happed daaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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