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Friday The Thirteenth

Friday 13th is a day that for some spells nothing but potential calamity.

 

You might think that being afraid of a date in the calendar is illogical or downright barmy. But there is some history.

 Yesterday was Friday 13th, a day considered by many to be unlucky, but why is this the case?

The exact origins of why the date is considered unlucky are unclear, although it seems to be a relatively modern belief as there is no reference to Friday 13th being unlucky until the 19th century.

The most common theory is that the date was simply the combination of two things that were each considered unlucky - the number 13 and Friday.

There is at least one Friday 13th in every year, but there is never more than three in one year. Quite why 13 is considered unlucky is open to debate, but one popular theory is that there were 13 people at Christ's last supper and that Judas was the 13th guest. There is also a Norse myth which claims that if 13 people are eating at a table, one of the diners will die.

Another theory behind Friday 13th being unlucky comes from the arrest of the Knights Templar in the 14th century; orders to arrest the Knights Templar were delivered on Friday, 13 October 1307.

In many Spanish-speaking countries Tuesday 13th is considered to be the unlucky date, not Friday.

Well here at Greengates we all think it’s barmy to be afraid of a day on the calendar.