Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday the 13th and Other Superstitions....

Today is Friday, March 13th. The second one this year. The third (and last one for 2009) will occur in November. There is always at least one Friday the 13th in any given year but never more than three.

No one is sure where the superstition behind this day began but there is no written history before the early 19th century. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia . Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of anything associated with the number 13.

Personally, I don't feel that there is anything unlucky about this day or this number. Am I superstitious? I like to think not but I do say 'Bless You' after someone sneezes (good manners), I don't walk under ladders (common sense), I knock on wood when speaking of luck of any kind, I like to look for four-leaf clovers and I consider a ladybug to be a sign of good luck
(okay, maybe a little superstitious).

What are your superstitions???


richies said...

I thought that the definition of friggatriskaidekaphobia and triskaidekaphobia was the fear of overly long unpronounceable words.

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Randominities said...

I never go out on Saturday the 14th. That seems to be a bad day for me if I go out shopping.