Friday the 13th
The irrational fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: \”triskaidekaphobia\” In Italian popular culture, Friday the 17th is considered a day of bad luck. An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of this day.
About Friday the 13th in brief
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. The irrational fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: \”triskaidekaphobia\” In Italian popular culture, Friday the 17th is considered a day of bad luck. The film Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth was released in Italy with the title Shrieksi Hai – impegni perdì – Hai – Hai per dì. According to the Stress Management Center in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. It’s estimated that people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid doing their normal business, taking flights or even getting out of bed on this day. It is mentioned in the 1955 Maurice Druon historical novel The Iron King, John J. Robinson’s 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and Steve Berry’s The Templar Legacy.
The superstition may have also arisen in the Middle Ages, in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the night before Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion. In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13rd is considereda day ofbad luck. In Greek the name of the day is Triti meaning the third, adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck is said to \”come in threes\”. The Greeks also consider Tuesday an unluckyday, Tuesday is considered dominated by the influence of Ares, the god of war. The fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204, and the Fall of Istanbul to the Ottomans happened on 29 May 1453, events that strengthen the superstitions about Tuesday.