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Friday the 13th Superstition

If you hadn’t noticed, the 13th landed on a Friday last week. When this happens, many people believe something terrible will happen to them throughout that day. A lot of people take it serious, they will be very cautious, watching every step they take the whole day. However, not many people know why or where this superstition started. Some people believe it was started with the fear of the number 13, which is called Triskaidekaphobia. The number is considered unlucky because it is the next number after 12, and 12 seems to be “the perfect number” since 12 is the amount of months, zodiac signs, tribes of Israel, apostles of Jesus Christ, days of Christmas, etc. The fear of Friday the 13th also has its own name, paraskevidekatriaphobia. Another reason this superstition started was because the Last Supper had 13 guests, and one of them, supposedly the thirteenth to sit at the table, ended up betraying Jesus Christ. The the next day, Good Friday, was Christ’s crucifixion. But just because the 13th fell on a Friday this month, don’t think it won’t happen again. If you are superstitious, beware of July 13th also. Along with those black cats and broken mirrors.