Are you frightened by Friday the 13th, take a look at these facts to help yourself out!
Friday the 13th has yet again knocked on our doors, and the question is, are you the believer of this superstition that, this is an unlucky day or are you on the opposite side of the fence? The difference will make all the difference in how you are going to spend your day. The ones who are hell scared of this date will keep themselves locked up in their houses, or at the very least be very cautious in doing anything and everything. And the ones, who are not so scared, will go about doing their business just as usual! We here will try to give out some facts about this date, which might surprise you or shock you, or may just help you ward off your fears, because frankly, fear or no fear, “It’s all in the mind”, so simply and beautifully put by George Harrison!
Hope this helps someone out there!
1 No scientific reason to back the ‘bad luck’ belief this date carries
First things first, the date some of you dread so dearly, has no scientific or even logical reason to carry the ‘bad luck’ tag that it carries. While this logic is loved by the people who go by logic, people who go by their cultural and religious beliefs, dismiss this non-existence of a scientific data and say that the date has many deep rooted evil associations with it.
2 The supposed origins of the dreaded date
Although, exact origins are unknown, but the superstition is believed to have arisen from the Middle Ages. The day is considered to be this bad among Christians, because it is associated with the crucifixion of the Lord. The Bible mentions that The Last Supper had 13 members and it was the thirteenth member who had finally betrayed Lord Jesus. Apart from this, one belief is that, this was the day in 1307 when the French King had given the orders to arrest hundreds of Knights Templar.
The first documented reference of this date spelling doom on someone is found in the 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who was scared of this date, and actually died on this date.
Then in 1907, Thomas W. Lawson wrote a novel by the name ‘Friday, the Thirteenth’, which can be considered to have contributed to add to the superstition. Since then the popular culture has been adding fuel to the fire of this irrational fear.
3 The name of the phobia
The phobia of this date is so real and deeply ingrained in the minds of the people that it has been even given a name, paraskevidekatriaphobia. Yes, this is what it is called! The word has Greek origins, in which paraskevi means ‘Friday’, dekatreís means ‘thirteen’ and phobia you all know. Now, just try and say this word at once!
4 Real life implications of this date
Some people actually dread this date so deeply that they genuinely suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia. They tend to keep themselves confined into their homes, and do ritualistic behaviors like eating garlic or hanging shoes on the window, etc. And also refrain from doing things which are supposed to bring bad luck.
There are many buildings in which the 13th floor has been skipped and the owners of the building have numbered the floors as 14th after 12th. Most people do not start new ventures and take no flights on this date and an estimated $800-$900 million is lost in business on this date.
5 In a year, the number of days with this date can be 1 or 3
Generally, every year will have at least one Friday the 13th , but the bad news is that it can go to even three days. A year can have three such days, but not more than that. 2015 is the year which had three, two have gone and one is right here!
6 The year-wise patterns of the day
For a common year to have three Fridays having the date 13th, it has to start with a Thursday and for a leap year to have this pattern, the year has to start with a Sunday. In a common year, if the first day starts with a Thursday, then the months of February, March and November will have one Friday falling on the 13th. And in a leap, if the year starts with a Sunday, then the months of January, April and July each will have a ‘Black Friday’!
7 Sunday can be blamed!
Do you know, for a month to have a Friday the 13th, it has to start with a Sunday? Is the fear of this day more than the happiness coming out from the fact that you had a fun Sunday as the first day of the month? Now, that is really for you to decide.
8 It may not bring bad luck to all
The truth of the matter is that anything can happen to anyone at any time. A certain date cannot be affecting these things. And if we go by what the people of different cultures believe, then, we have reasons to say that it is not unlucky for all. For example, Friday the 17th is the day considered to be bringing bad luck in Italy and in the Spanish speaking countries and Greece, the day which is considered unlucky is Tuesday the 13th.
9 Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th
Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense was born on 13th August, 1899. His first film was supposed to be a film named ‘Number 13’, which could not take off from the grounds due to financial reasons. Creepy right!
10One of the highest grossing film series is inspired by this day
The day maybe be considered unlucky, but it has been the reason for the success of the Friday the 13th franchise, which includes 12 horror films, several books and a TV series. Though, they never received critical acclaim, but the franchise has millions of fans around the world.
11Rate of accidents
You might be thinking that the rate of accidents on this day must be really high, but on the contrary, it was reported by the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics in 2012 that the rate of accidents actually fell down when the Friday came on the 13th as people were more cautious on this day or just stayed at home. The report comprised the findings of two years and noticed that on any Friday the number of roads accidents were 7,800, but on a Friday falling on the 13th, the number fell down to 7,500.
12The day inspired a country to raise safety and accident awareness
Surprisingly enough, Finland dedicates one Friday the 13th of a year to observe National Accident Day, since 1995. This day is aimed at raising awareness on safety in homes, on roads and even at workplace.
13In 2029, an asteroid will safely fly by the Earth!
In 2029, the month of April will have a Friday falling on the 13th and that day will have a heavenly body from space saying a ‘Hi’ to the Earth. This asteroid named, 99942 Apophis was discovered in 2004, and that time it was believed that it might collide with Earth. But the scientists have revised their findings since then and now you can be sure that it will not collide with the Earth or even the Moon.
The fear of the day, Friday the 13th is real for some people, but then it should be known to all, that baseless fears do no good. They will only cripple your functionality and make you feel hell scared, when truly there is no need to be scared. It is just another day coming to us with all its sunshine, embrace it as the present day given to you by the Almighty and live it to the fullest. Please do not let the fear conquer you; you have to conquer the fear!