One of the most popular of the superstitions believed by the modern world is considering any Friday with the corresponding date of 13th to be unlucky or a bad omen. Many people avoid doing any new things on this particular day. Many buildings are made without numbering the thirteenth floor. However, the number 13 and its corresponding day of Friday are not merely unlucky as people might think. The root of this superstition goes back to the Folklores of the middle Ages.
In Gioachino Rossini’s biography written by Henry Sutherland Edwards in the year, 1869, it was written, “Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky”. Another theory is based on numerology. In this subject, 12 is believed to be a number of completeness. There are twelve zodiac signs; twelve is the number of hours in a clock, number of gods of Olympus, the number of Apostles of Jesus, etc. Now, the number 13 transgresses this completeness. The Last Supper is a famous part of the Bible where thirteen diners came together for their last meeting, as shortly after that, one of them died. Thus, even today a huddle of thirteen people is considered a bad sign.
As for Friday to be considered unlucky, the earliest mention dates back as early as the fourteenth century in the famous Canterbury Tales. The phrase, “Black Friday” is associated with bad happenings like the Stock Market crashes and the likes from the nineteenth century. Also, a main reason for considering Friday to be unlucky is because Jesus Christ was crucified on this day.
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