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Beware of Friday the 13th! What is it about this day?

By Asavela Fekema - May 13, 2016
Beware of Friday the 13th! What is it about this day?

The fear of Friday the 13th has been seen in horror movies, and it is a tradition that is widespread each and every year. This day has always been connected to bad omens and making sure that we do not invite bad luck into our lives.

It is the day where you are not allowed to walk under a ladder, freak out if you see a black cat and to not open umbrellas inside the house.

The history of the day is known for bad luck, but it is hard to know exactly how the term came, many come with many reasons.

The first ever documented mention of this day can be found in the biography of an Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini, who died on Friday the 13th, a book by American businessman Thomas Lawson also raises superstition, titled Friday the Thirteenth.

Others have their own biblical beliefs that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and there were 13 guests at the last supper before the crucification.

The professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, Dr Phil Stephens (74) said the re-establishing of the two things that were connected to that terrible event.

“When those two events come together, you are re-enacting, at least a portion of that terrible event,” he said.

What simply began as a Christian interpretation that was launched in America to avoid staying in rooms with number 13, beware venturing up to the 13th floor and try not sitting in the 13th row in an aeroplane, became known to the world and people started fearing Friday the 13th.

There are many superstitions when it comes to this day, but many of the things we are told not to do, are very common and we apply them on our daily lives.