The first Friday the 13th for the year as arrived (this side of the world) nice and early, but don’t stress there is another one next month as well :/. Once again a time for horror movie fans (much like myself) to sit and watch endless scary movies and look over their shoulders for Jason!
This year there is only 3 (including today), only March and November have them this year.
SO here are a few interesting bits about Friday the 13th. Did you know that any month that starts on a Sunday contains a Friday the 13th, and there is at least one Friday the 13th in every calendar year. I found loads on famous people who have died on a Friday 13th, one being Julia Child who passed away Friday 13th August 2004 :(. So did enjoy watching her cooking shows in the 80’s! AND even nearer to “home” I have a friend that married on the 13th just so they can have a Friday the 13th anniversary, even I was born the day after on the 14th – phew thank goodness lol!
There is even a phobia just for this day! Paraskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Now say that 13 times FAST lol! There are a lot of folks out there that say that any Friday the 13th is just unlucky – I am guessing today they should be somewhere safe either under their bed or a rock lol!
Looking more into why the number 13 is unlucky (for some), I found a few things that interested me, such as there were 12 gods invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Sadly Loki, who was considered the ‘Evil One’, (the god of mischief). Had been left off the guest list, being that he was so full of mischief he crashed the party anyway. Bringing the total number of Gods to 13. True to form, Loki raised hell by inciting Hod, the blind god of winter, to attack Balder the Good, who was a favourite of all the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him. All Valhalla grieved, and although one might take the moral of this story to be “Beware of uninvited guests bearing mistletoe,” the Norse themselves apparently concluded that 13 people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck.
As if to prove the point, the Bible tells us there were exactly 13 present at the Last Supper. One of the dinner guests, as we all know, betrayed Jesus Christ. Setting the stage for the Crucifixion, which just happened to take place on Friday (of all days). Only reinforcing Friday as an unlucky day for some!
Continuing with Friday and it being the unlucky day of the week, the story of the ‘Great Flood’ yeah it started on a Friday and God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday PLUS the Temple of Solomon was also destroyed on, can you guess? A Friday! Are you seeing a trend here? If your considered ‘sinful’ TGIF isn’t for you! Friday has also been the day to die in history, in Pagan Rome the execution day was traditionally – Friday, also later to be known as the Hangman’s day in Britain. When you think about it any Friday is unlucky – so why does everyone declare TGIF on twitter and Facebook every Friday? Is it a way of making Friday somehow lucky again?
Really people die every day of the week, unlucky events happen with many different numbers of people attending, there are even sad single car crashes with single deaths, does that make it unlucky to travel in cars without someone else with you? Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to do was to invite the correct number of guests or avoid travelling on days of the week to prevent something awful from happening!
Today I am going to follow a tradition, as I have done for most Friday the 13th. I am going to have a movie marathon of scary movies and bowls of yummy popcorn.
Happy Friday the 13th people, take care over the weekend and chat next week 🙂
P.S let us all know if you have a Friday the 13th tradition in the comments – I would LOVE to know 🙂