Are You Afraid of Friday the 13th?

We’re not sure where Jason Voorhees is lurking today, but we know we’re gonna stay clear of Camp Crystal Lake today! It’s Friday the 13th, and while we aren’t superstitious by nature here at 101.1 More FM, we thought we’d have a look into some of the beliefs behind this auspicious day.

Friday the 13th is so prolific in our culture that scientists have given a name to the fear of it: paraskavedekatriaphobia.

The superstitions are thought to originate with the Last Supper. Thirteen guests attended the Passover Seder held by Jesus on the night before his Crucifixion, Good Friday, and the number 13 is associated with Judas the betrayer.

In 1307, King Phillip IV of France arrested hundreds of members of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th, many of whom were later burnt at the stake.

According to History.com:

“In more recent times, a number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th, including the German bombing of Buckingham Palace (September 1940); the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964); a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970); the disappearance of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972); the death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) and the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy, which killed 30 people (January 2012).”

While we’re starting to see a trend, this isn’t an unlucky day world-wide. In both Greece and Spanish-speaking countries, its actually Tuesday the 13th that is considered unlucky, and in Italy it is Friday the 17th. And not everyone believes 13 is an unlucky number, just look at Taylor Swift!

And we have to apologize to those who suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, because while there is always one Friday the 13th a year, this year we get two. We’ll wait for you the batten down the hatches, avoid ladders and be on the look out for black cats again in July.