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Friday the 13th: the worst day in the calendar?

POSTED ON 13 OCTOBER 2017

Today will be the second Friday the 13th of the year. Many people fear this date and will go to great lengths to avoid  black cats and stepping under ladders! If you are one of these people, then there is even a term for it – friggatriskaidekaphobia

Is this date  really unlucky? Well, experts are unable to officially identify where it stemmed from but there are many different conspiracies. Firstly, it is believed that the number 13 and the day Friday are both unfortunate. There is also a biblical reference to the number 13 being considered unlucky.

The number 13 is an irregular number and some suggest that it comes from the Nordic myth of 12 gods having a dinner party. The 13th guest Loki, the trickster god of mischief, attended the party uninvited before inciting Hind, the blind god of winter to attack and kill Balder the Good, the god of joyness and gladness.

Others believe that the number 13 is considered as unlucky mainly because of its place after 12, which is associated with wholeness; there are 12 months in a year, 12 Olympic Gods and 12 hours of a clock. Strangely enough, the number 13 is also the amount of witches needed to form a coven!

But one of the popular theories to as to why Friday is unlucky comes from Christianity. It is thought that Friday was the day that Eve gave Adam the apple that led to them being banished from the Garden of Eden.

So what’s the future for Friday the 13th? Well, not good! Astronomers have calculated that the Apophis asteroid will speed past Earth on Friday the 13th April 2029 – and it will only be 18,600 miles away and could cause a collision.

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