Are we still superstitious of Friday 13th? The superstitious among us may think of it as a scary and unlucky day. At least I think that’s the general consensus, isn’t it? The day tends to bring talk of not leaving the house, not organising an event for that day, or even not looking in the mirror in case something looks back.
Did you know that a fear of Friday 13th is an actual phobia? Nope, me either; but it’s very real. It’s called Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
The legend of Friday 13th can be traced as far back as Biblical times. There were 13 people at Jesus’ last supper the day before his death on Good Friday. Judas was supposedly the 13th guest to sit down at the table. We all know what happened with that one.
There have been numerous notable events occur on Friday 13th over the years which only adds fuel to the unlucky feeling of the day. Some of these include:
- The Nazis dropping a bomb on Buckingham Palace on Friday 13th September 1940
- The Andes plane crash on Friday 13th October 1972 – the 1993 film ‘Alive’ was based on this
- Tupac Shakur died from gunshot wounds on Friday 13th September 1996
- On Friday 13th January 2012 the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground in Italy. Thirty people died as a result
These happenings are bad, but couldn’t it just be a coincidence that they occurred on Friday 13th? Or did these events happen because it was Friday 13th?
Are we still superstitious?
Typically, us Brits are known for being superstitious. I never walk under a ladder, I always salute a magpie, I briefly panic if a black cat crosses my path and I try to avoid stepping on cracks… I know…
We may be a superstitious nation, but are we all still superstitious about Friday 13th in 2017? A lot of streets miss out house number 13 and many hotels don’t have 13th floors or number 13 rooms. Maybe we are.
What do the bloggers think?
I asked my fellow bloggers what they thought and like me, they seemed to think of Friday the 13th as more of a lucky day.
A good day to be born…
Friday the 13th is a lucky day in our family – as our niece was born on Friday the 13th of November – Katy from katykicker.com
It’s the best day for me as my son was born on Friday the 13th which happened to also be my birthday! Best birthday present ever and a day to be cherished for us. – Nadia from scandimummy.com
My Nan was born on Friday 13th November 1914 and she lived to 101. I would say it is a very lucky day in that case! She had a wonderful long life surrounded by lots of family and she wasn’t ready to go even at that grand age. – Emma from emmareed.net
My son was born on Friday 13th, 12 days late! He’s been such a chilled out boy and he’ll be celebrating his 11th birthday this Friday 13th! – Clare from mymoneycottage.com
Lucky lucky lucky…
I used to be really superstitious and go out of my way to avoid planning things for that day just in case, but then moved to France for a couple of years. In France it is seen as a lucky day, so I decided to start seeing it as a lucky day too! I much prefer it that way – Samantha from chocolateandwineandillbefine.com
13 is our family lucky number. My first daughter was born on the 13th and it was a Friday – we also bought our first house at number 13 and our exchange date on the next two houses we bought turned out to be the 13th x – Clare from – wildmamawildtribe.com
Without tempting fate, I can’t recall a bad Friday the 13th though it always feels weird with some kind of impending doom! 13 is my lucky number though – Laura from wafflemama.uk
Love and marriage…
My husband was superstitious about the 13th so to prove to him good things can happen we got married on Friday 13th. So far it’s been lucky .. – Lynsey from mummythatsme.com
I met my husband on Friday 13th. Don’t know if that’s good luck or bad luck! We’ve been married ten years and together for 16. – Hannah from eastsussexmummy.wordpress.com
Sometimes bad things can happen…
I never believed in any superstitions…until we had a serious (first and last) car accident on Friday 13! I’m now a little wary and not looking forward to driving for four hours on Friday 13 October soon – Lisa from thatbritishbetty.com
I always feel quite tense on Friday 13th because of things I’ve heard happen to other people on that day. However, it always seems to be Saturday 14th that is a day of bad luck for me and I absolutely dread it! – Laura from autumnsmummyblog.com
Friday 13th has been significant for me a couple of times. My husband and I got together on Friday 13th October 2000. It was also on a Friday 13th that we were told that our daughter’s heart condition was too severe for surgery after birth to be an option and that she would only live for a few days at most. That seemed like a very unlucky Friday 13th at first but a throwaway comment at that appointment led to us pursuing in-utero surgery and our daughter is now 6 and currently doing well (although due for more surgery very soon). According to my mum I was also conceived on a Friday 13th (which was more information than I needed to know!) So no, I don’t consider Friday 13th to be unlucky. – Louise from littleheartsbiglove.co.uk
What does history say..?
In pagen times Friday the 13th was actually seen a good day. It was seen as a day of change, but people can be fearful of change. It’s funny how associations to things can alter over time. Personally I think if a person believes it to be an unlucky day, the chances are that if anything negative happens it will be ‘because of Friday the 13th’, when really if negative things happen on any other day, it’s just seen as a ‘bad day’. – Emma from ourfairytaleadventure.com
Aware but not superstitious. It’s just another day after all…
I think you could associate good or bad luck to any day of the month. The 13th is only noticeable because people focus on it. As you might be able to tell, I am not superstitious at all! – Pete from householdmoneysaving.com
I’m conscious of it when it comes around, but only in a sort of “noting” way. I don’t put any store on it, use it as an excuse or explanation, or have it effect anything I might do. It is just a day like any other. – Kate from fivelittlestars.com
I’m not superstitious and I don’t believe in any bad luck on Friday 13th, but I do always say ‘oooooh Friday 13th’ to my husband as if something is going to happen on the day! One bizarre thing to note about the number 13 – I used to live at number 15, but it should have been number 13, but the developers missed out numbering our house as 13! How crazy is that?! – Victoria from lyliarose.com
I don’t believe in any sort of superstitions. Friday the 13th to me is just a day that also happens to be a movie title. If something bad (or good) happened to me on the 13th (which I’m sure it has in the past), I would just assume it’s a co-incidence. Bad stuff happens every single day. – Christy from welshmum.co.uk
For me Friday the 13th doesn’t bother me in the slightest. My birthday is the 13th of July so obviously it falls on a Friday for me sometimes. It’s no different to any other day. When I was a teenager I used to believe in the superstition. – Rebecca from raisingfletchereden.wordpress.com
I wouldn’t say that I actually have good luck but I treat it like any other day. If anything bad happens, I just treat it as a bad moment and move on. Good stuff attracts better things and fear attracts bad things! – Carol from virtuallyallsorts.com
I did once get dumped on Friday 13th but I’m not superstitious (or try not to be). It’s just another day to me. – Nyomi from nomipalony.com
What do my friends/family think?
My friend Trisha said, “I never cross people on the stairs I always let them go first”.
Stephy, my cousin, said “I think it was Friday 13th when my Grandad put his foot through the ceiling of the kitchen in my Uncle’s house”
My friend Kellie said, “My Dad was born on Friday 13th! So it’s a lucky day for him, but a bit of bad luck for my Grandma! Not only did she have to go through labour, but she’s had to put up with him for the past 52 yrs too! 🤣🤣🤣 xx
And what do I think…
So, are we still superstitious of Friday 13th? Personally, I have never thought it to be an unlucky day. If anything, I have always had good luck and generally feel really positive on that day. If we think something bad will happen it probably will. Just as if we tell ourselves something good will happen, then something good will happen. After writing this, I know I am not the only one that feels that way either.
I am not a scientist or a researcher so I don’t know for fact if the day brings good or bad luck with it, but what I do know is that the legend led to a hell of a good film series.
I am going to a family reunion this Friday 13th; here’s to hoping all goes well…
I would love to hear your thoughts on this or your experiences of the day.
Thanks for reading,
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