Today is Friday the 13th. Know why it is considered unlucky and its origins
Among the superstitions that have lasted for decades, if not centuries, despite the evolution of modern science is Friday the 13th.
The irrational fear of the number 13 is called 'triskaidekaphobia' or ' or 'Paraskevidekatriaphobia' and some suggest that it’s linked to the idea that 12 is a number of perfection.
Though not believed everywhere, people in the West consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky as they associate it with death and deceit.
It is not a rare phenomenon that 13 and Friday fall on the same day in the Gregorian calendar.
It happens every year and sometimes even two or three times in the same year.
It is unclear how Friday the 13th started carrying negative connotations, but there have been various recorded instances throughout history where something ominous has taken place.
In Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday the 13th (or Martes Trece) is considered a day of bad luck, occurring in months that start on a Thursday.
The first recorded mention was found in a biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on Friday the 13th.
The fear seems to have stemmed from the story that Jesus Christ’s last supper and crucifixion took place on Friday.