Those of you that know me, know that I love all things spooky and horror-filled. Friday the 13th is no exception. So, instead of wanting to hide and lock myself in my room all day like most people, I choose to celebrate today. I know… I’m weird, but at least I totally own it.
In the past, I’ve shared some interesting facts about Friday the 13th, and I thought I’d do the same today. After all, it’s fascinating to learn the history that drives some of our fears. Right?
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The superstition of Friday the 13th has been around since the early 1900’s. The fear is so great that cities don’t have a 13th Avenue or 13th Street. Buildings, such as businesses and hotels, skip the 13th floor. Airports don’t use gates marked 13 and airplanes skip the 13th row and seat.
What makes Friday significant? Some say it’s because of Christian scripture that states that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Also in American history, Friday is the day that executions were always held.
Everyone knows about the dreaded 13. So many rumors and stories go along with this unlucky number. If you think back to the Last Supper, Jesus dined with his 12 Disciples, with the final one seated being Judas. Also associated with this number, it was once believed that a coven was made up of 13 members. In Tarot, 13 represents Death.
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If you do possess the fear of Friday the 13th, there’s a word for it – friggatriskaidekaphobia. The Frigga is for Friday (from a Norse Goddess); the triskai is for 3 and the deka means 10, so triskaideca means 13; and phobia is the fear.
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What do you believe about Friday the 13th? Are you superstitious? Have you ever had any bad experiences? Do you fear?
Until next time……………………………… Happy Hauntings!!