Friday, November 13, 2009

How Did the 13th Day Become Unlucky?

Today is Friday the 13th and the third in 2009. Friday the 13th has been rooted for years with the stigma of bad luck and its superstitions. There are some people that are so scared of Friday the 13th that they refuse to drive, leave their house, or even gamble at the casino. Why is there all this hoopla and superstition about this particular date? How did the 13th day become so unlucky?

After doing some research, I have found that many people link the number 13 as unlucky because the 13th guest, Judas, was the one that betrayed Jesus at the Last Supper.  In addition, it was said to believe that in ancient Rome, witches gathered in groups of 12 and the 13th witch was said to be the devil.  It is also said that Eve tempted Adam on a Friday.

Whatever the reason of the stigma of Friday the 13th, many business and people live their lives afraid of this particular date.  A strong majority of these people believe in the end of the world 2000 or 2012 crap.  How is this fear demonstrated?
according to Corsinet:
  • More than 80% of high-rises lack a 13th floor.
  • Many airports skip the 13th gate and do not have a 13th aisle.
  • Hospitals, hotels, and other businesses regularly have no room 13.
  • Many streets in various cities omit the number 13.
  • If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck . Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names. 
Superstitions should not control your life.  Regardless of your religious background, shouldn't you believe in the positive rather then the negative.  Positive equals positive and negative equals negative.  If you put all your energy into giving Friday the 13th the power that it already has, then things are bound to turn bad on that particular day anyway.

What do you think?  
Do you believe in the stigma that surrounds Friday the 13th?