Why is Friday the 13th Considered A Bad Day?

Last Revised on July 13, 2007

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Friday the 13th is considered to be a bad luck day in cultures such as English, German, Greece, Polish, Portugal and Spain.
The Last Supper in Christianity is believed to have happened on Thursday, and that the Crucifixion of Jesus occurred on a Friday. Although some believe that both the Last Supper and Crucifixion occurred in the same day.

Fiday 13thIn a popular novel Foucault’s Pendulum, it goes on saying that on October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars — knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren — in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France — and the Order was found innocent elsewhere — but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force ‘confessions,’ and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake.

A British Medical Journal published a study entiteld “Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?” The study showed that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Friday 13ths. Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended. People are so feared of this day that it’s been estimated that [U.S] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do, according to the Donald Dossey, Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.

Friday the 13th is also sometimes known as “Dooms day” for many natural unlucky day happened on the day:
-Hurricane Charley made landfall in Florida on Friday, August 13, 2004
-January 13, 2006, and October 13, 2006, were not only Fridays, but the digits in the month, day, and year of each date add up to 13. This last occurred on October 13, 1520, and will next occur on May 13, 2011.
-Lake Storm “Aphid”, an out-of-season snowstorm that wrought havoc on the Buffalo, New York area took place on Friday, October 13, 2006.
-Several tornadoes touched down in north Texas on Friday, April 13, 2007
-Typhoon Man-yi passed very close to the tiny island of Okinawa, Japan on Friday, July 13, 2007
-The asteroid 99942 Apophis will make its close encounter on Friday, April 13, 2029.

Some people believe that the earliest taboos associated with the number 13 originated in the very ancient Hindu culture, who believed that it is always unlucky for 13 people to gather at one place. The same superstition has been attributed among the ancient Vikings.

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One Response to “Why is Friday the 13th Considered A Bad Day?”

  1. anyone Says:
    May 10th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Why is friday the 13th a bad day? I still don’t understand.

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