So what is it about Friday the 13th? What causes people to be superstitious, love some numbers and dates and not so much others?
I don’t know… but people do just that, including me. 🙂
Friday the 13th has always been a positive day. Good things typically happen on this day of superstition… well at least they have.
Maybe it’s because the day is what you make it? Just like the day before or the day after?
Don’t we all love a Friday?
My friend Google helped me to learn that Friday the 13th is also called Black Friday in some countries. And that it’s considered an unlucky day in western superstition. OK, I thought Black Friday was the lucky day that stores held crazy sales so customers would buy, buy, buy. Oh well, maybe not.
That Black Friday became “a thing” in the 20th century. OK, good to know.
Wikipedia and a professor at our local University at Buffalo, Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology the connection has biblical background. There were 13 people at the table of the last supper, the 13th being Judas. The Friday connection is that the last supper was held on Thursday with the crucifixion on Friday. So Friday and the 13th are connected. Isn’t everything in some way connected to the Bible? Aren’t we all connected to Kevin Bacon in some way?
The same Wikipedia page tells me that…
According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. “It’s been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day”. Despite this, representatives for both Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines have stated that their airlines do not suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.
In Finland, a consortium of governmental and nongovernmental organizations led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health promotes the National Accident Day, which always falls on a Friday 13th.
While all of that is indeed interesting, I’d rather stick to my custom of setting out to have a positive day and making it so. Or making the best out of what the day gives you.
Happy Friday the 13th. Hope it’s a great day!
What’s your TGIF?