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Superstition About Friday The 13th

Understanding The Root Of Fear About Today

Friggatriskaidekaphobia may sound like a made-up word, but it is actually a real term used to describe the fear that an estimated 17 million Americans have of Friday the 13th, also known as Black Friday. The word’s roots come from Frigga, the name of the Norse goddess after whom we named the last day of the work week, and triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13.

This date maybe considered unlucky because both Friday and the number 13 have associations with being ill fated. Fear of 13 is not new; the Code of Hammurabi from 1772 BC skips the number 13 in its list of rules. Friday is possibly considered unlucky because Jesus was crucified on a Friday and that at the Last Supper there were 13 in attendance.

There are a number of superstitions about Friday the 13th, ranging from the belief that if you break a mirror on this day you will have seven years of bad luck to the conviction that a child born today will be unlucky for life.

Some taller buildings skip the 13th floor!

Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th?

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