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AHHH! It’s Friday the 13th!

In honor of it being Friday the 13th, I wanted to give a small lesson on why it is considered unlucky. Read on for a history lesson in pop culture.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia (pronounced frig-ga-tris-ki-deka-phobia) means the fear of Friday the thirteenth. The Frigga is for Friday (Frigga was a Norse goddess from which Friday got its name), the triskai is for 3, the deka means 10, so triskaideka means 13, and phobia is the fear.

Friday and the number 13 have always been unlucky in their own right, says Steve Roud, author of The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland. "Because Friday was the day of the crucifixion, Fridays were always regarded as a day of penance and abstinence. This religious belief spilled into a general dislike of starting anything - or doing anything important - on a Friday."

Stuart Vyse, an author and former professor of psychology at Connecticut College in New London, told National Geographic in 2014 that our fear of Friday the 13th may be rooted in religious beliefs surrounding the 13th guest at the Last Supper—Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus—and the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday, which was known as hangman's day. The combination of those factors produced a "sort of double whammy of 13 falling on an already nervous day," Vyse explained. Some biblical scholars also believe Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that Abel was slain by his brother Cain on Friday the 13th.

To learn more about the history of Friday the 13th, visit any one of the websites below from which I gathered my information:


Kid Friendly: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/myth-busted-friday-13th





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