Friday the 13th has long been believed to be the unluckiest day in the entire year. Well, there are an array of myths and superstitions surrounding this day in particular. While a majority laughs off the day, others prefer staying back at home and wishing good luck to their dear ones with Friday the 13th cards. According to statistics, in the US, an estimated 17 to 21 million people fear for their lives on Friday the 13th.
Here's a look at the history of Friday the 13th:
Although there is no written evidence of Friday the 13th fear, superstitions surrounding the day date back to at least 1700 BC. In 1772 BC, in the ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi, the number 13 has been omitted in the list of laws. The fact that 13 people were present for Jesus's last supper on Holy Thursday, the day before He was crucified, and Geoffrey Chaucer referring to it as the apparent unlucky day, Friday the 13th has come to be regarded as the worst day for starting a journey or a new project.
A child who takes birth on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for entire life
Starting a trip on Friday will make you meet misfortune
If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you'll be the next to encounter death
Breaking a mirror on Friday the 13th will make you witness bad luck for a span of seven years
Cutting your hair on Friday the 13th will cause the death of one of the family members
A ship that starts sailing on Friday the 13th is bound to face bad luck
If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will face hard luck.
It's an unlucky day just for a few
Friday the 13th isn't universally regarded as a day of misery. For instance, in Italy, Friday the 17th is considered to be an unlucky day and not Friday the 13th. Also, in Greece and several Spanish speaking countries, Tuesday the 13th is seen as a day of misfortune and not Friday the 13th.
The Day inspired one of the biggest blockbusters in the Hollywood Film Industry
The concept of Friday the 13th has inspired 12 horror movies, a television series, and numerous books that focus on superstitions and curses. It is interesting to note that the key character in the movies based on Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees, is indeed one of the most known faces in the contemporary ‘horror' movie world.
Three Friday the 13ths can occur in a single leap year
If January 1 of a particular leap year falls on a Sunday, then the months of January, April and July will each have a Friday the 13th. This happened in the 20th century, in the years 1928, 1956 and 1984. Surprisingly, having occurred in 2012, the phenomenon is expected to re-occur in 2040, 2068 and 2096.