Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?


The belief that Friday the 13th is a bad day dates back centuries — thankfully, it will only happen once in 2022.

One of the most well-known superstitions that still exists in modern society is the old adage that Friday the 13th is unlucky.

The date can sneak up on us once, twice, or even three times a year, bringing with it, according to popular belief, an increased risk of disasters and tragedy.

But why does this belief exist, and where did it come from? Everything you need to know is right here.

There are a lot of beliefs as to why Friday the 13th is regarded an especially bad date, but the number 13 and the day of Friday have both had negative connotations throughout history.


Triskaidekaphobia is an irrational fear of the number 13, which some believe is tied to the belief that 12 is the number of perfection.

Because there are two months in a year, twelve hours on a clock, and twelve zodiac signs, 13 appears to be an illogical number that brings bad luck.

Dinner parties of 13 people are still considered unfortunate, and many hotels and major airlines don’t have a room number 13 or a 13th row on flights.

The account of Jesus’ final supper and crucifixion, according to some, is at the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.

Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork The Last Supper depicts 13 people assembled the night before Good Friday, the date of Christ’s death, with Judas as the 13th member of the group.

It’s also been reported that the superstition stems from an incident that occurred in 1307, when Philip IV of France captured hundreds of Templar Knights.


This is mentioned in Maurice Druon’s 1955 historical novel The Iron King, as well as Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and other writings.

However, it does not appear that Friday and the 13th were ever associated with bad luck until the 19th century.

According to Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on November 13th, Rossini considered Friday to be an unfortunate day and the number 13 to be unlucky.

It’s also conceivable that Thomas W. Lawson’s novel Friday, the Thirteenth, published in 1907, contributed to the development of the belief.

This is the story of an unscrupulous broker who uses the Friday 13th superstition to cause a panic on Wall Street on that day.

While Friday the 13th is considered unlucky in the United Kingdom and the United States, the myth is not universal.

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