Why is Friday the 13th considered an unlucky day?

February 13, 2009

Do you have paraskevidekatriaphobia? I don’t! Sounds like some really scary disease doesn’t it?  This is actually what people have who suffer from a fear of Friday the 13th!  Who’da thunk it?


I’ve always been curious about how this date came to be known as an unlucky day. Snopes has some interesting facts and some amusing superstitions about Fridays and the number 13. Here are a few that I thought were funny!

This quote is from 1846: “A child born on Friday is doomed to misfortune.” That’s harsh! (I’m not superstitious, but I hope I wasn’t born on a Friday!)

In 1883, this was said: “If you hear anything new on a Friday, it would add another wrinkle to your face and adds a year to your age.” Wow! Don’t let anyone tell you anything on Friday!

Oh, you’ll like this one, BigSis! I hope you didn’t move into your new place on a Friday. In 1982, someone said “Don’t move on a Friday, you won’t stay there very long.” Note to self: Don’t move on a Friday if you want to stay there a while.

I think if you tell yourself that it’s an unlucky day, then inevitably, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  So, tell yourself that it’s a lucky day! Or, in my world, I’m just happy that it’s Friday! TGIF!


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