Friday the 13th – Origins & Superstitions
Oh no! It is Friday the 13th! A day in which many people will be nervously watching out for random, unlucky situations to strike! You may wonder, where does this superstition surrounding this day originate from?
Plus why is there such apprehension around the Number 13? This, technically called Triskaidekaphobia, is not just of worry to some people a few days of the year – it compels them to avoid using 13 as much as possible in daily life.
Friday 13th Origins
In his book of Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer referenced bad luck. He thought it to be unlucky to start a project or a journey on a Friday.
A famous myth may have stemmed from events on Friday 13 October 1307, when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and burnt across France.
In the 1907 novel Friday, the Thirteenth by Thomas W. Lawson, a ruthless Wall Street broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a panic on a Friday the 13th.
Modern Day Incarnations
A group called the Thirteen Club would meet on the 13th day of each month and sit 13 people to a table. Then they would proceed to break mirrors, spill salt, walk under ladders and avoid crossing black cats!
Originally from America, they formed the group in the 1880’s, with over 400 members – including several former presidents – but the club’s fame just added to the date’s significance in the public eye.
The myth landed the ultimate accolade with Hollywood in 1980 when Paramount Pictures released Friday the 13th. The date would not be the same again, after hockey masked Jason proceeded to slash his way across many summer camps whilst cashing in at US box offices.
Friday Fri Yay!
Have a lovely Friday the 13th regardless! From us all, we wish you all a fantastic weekend! Watch out walking under those ladders! (Just kidding! But do take care!)
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