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The fear of Friday 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia

Friday 13th May 2011

Many people are superstitious about Friday 13th, and consider it to be a very unlucky day, so much so that some don’t even leave their house! But even more consider actually flying by plane on a Friday 13th a step (or flight) too far even if they’re frequent fliers. But on the bright-side because of this, others can bag a great bargain instead.

The reason why Friday and the number 13 when combined together are thought to be very unlucky is steeped in mystery. The number 12 in numerology is thought to be a complete number, for example the 12 hours on a clock, the 12 signs of the zodiac and the 12 apostles. The unlucky number 13 is also said to be related to the Last Supper, as there were 13 people at the meal which resulted in the death of one of them. Friday has been the day that stock markets crashes and was also mentioned by Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales as the day of disaster and misfortune.

Many people are superstitious about certain happenings, such as your path being crossed by black cats, being the victim of 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror, or not walking under ladders. However, if you laugh in the face of fear and tweak the nose of the dreadful spindly killer fish, you can financially benefit from the superstition of Friday 13th when it comes to travelling abroad.