Today is Friday the 13th. So many people are scared of this day, one of the reasons being that Jesus was crucified on a friday and his last supper seated 13. And who was the 13th member to be sited at that supper? None other than Judas of course, the one who betrayed Jesus and sent him to his death.
In Norse mythology, the god Odin was throwing a dinner party in Valhalla at his home. He had invited 11 of his closest friends. The god Loki crashed the party, bringing the total number of participants to 13. In the legend, the god Balder tried to kick Loki out of the party and a fight started. Balder died from an arrow tipped in mistletoe.
In Canada and the States (probably elsewhere as well, although I'm not sure of it) there is no 13th floor in tall buildings nor are there apartments numbered 13. It's as if the number 13 doesn't exist. Usually what would be 13 is called 12 b. As if normal people don't realize that means 13! Not only buildings, but try finding a numbered street 13, they skip it or give it a name such as Jones street.
In the States, they never made an F-13, they simply went straight to the F-14 Tomcat, go figure!
Another interesting tidbit involves the Hebrew calendar. It's a lunisolar calendar and therefore needs to have a month added to it occassionally in order to keep the balance between the lunar and solar cycles. The years with the 13th month are considered to be unnatural and therefore unlucky.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia, fear of Friday the 13th, is probably the most widespread of superstitions. There has even been a study done correlating traffic accidents on both Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th. "The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52%. Staying at home is recommended." This according to the British Medical Journal.Because so many people are scared of this day, there are claims of millions of dollars in revenue lost due to people avoiding moving, travelling, lack of weddings etc.
Personally 13 has always been my lucky number, and Friday the 13th has consequently always been my luckiest day. How about for you? Do you hide away and hope nothing bad happens?
Or do you embrace the day and enjoy it?