friday the 13th.jpgToday is Friday the 13th. Are the myths surrounding Friday the 13th true, that it is a day shrouded in bad luck, accidents and sometimes even fatalities?

 Whatever the fact maybe the truth is that many people believe there could be some truth in that the 13th of the month falling on a Friday like today is taboo.

 

Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on a Friday, which European superstition holds to be a day of bad luck.

 In the traditional calendar this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year and any month’s 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday.

Most of the theories stem from the combination of two older superstitions: that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

One theory from some religious scholars suggests that the bad omen came from when Jesus died on a Friday and that there were 13 people at ‘the last supper’.

The other theory in numerology is that 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 and the twelve disciples of Christ,  whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness.

Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects with  ‘black Friday’ , coming from the day Christ was crucified, and is associated with stock market crashes and other disasters.

There are conflicting studies about the risk of accidents on Friday the 13th.

However, a 1993 study that compared the ratio of traffic accidents between Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th stated that there are more accidents on Fridays than average weekdays (irrespective of the date) probably because of alcohol consumption.