The only day in the calendar that exposes everyone's fears and is dreaded most is not other then Friday the 13th. Everyone knows this day as the most unlucky day of the year, but why? What are the stories that make people believe this day is so unfortunate? According to Donald Dossey, “It’s been estimated that $800 - $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do” In most public places, their are no 13th gate in airports, 13th floor in hotels, and even refuse to sit in the 13th row in movie theaters.
Some people believe that the reason for this unlucky day is the myth about twelve gods who had a dinner at Valhalla (the fabled hall where legendary Norse heroes feasted for eternity after they died) that was interrupted by a thirteenth guest, the evil and mischievous god Loki. According to legend, Loki tricked Höðr into shooting his brother with a spear.
The number 13 was branded as unlucky because of the loss of such powerful gods by a 13th guest. Some other people believe that the number 12 is a complete number,twelve months in a year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve Gods of Olympus, twelve sons of Odin, twelve labors of Hercules, twelve Jyotirlingas or Hindu shrines where Shiva is worshipped, twelve successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, and twelve tribes of Israel.
Friday is known as unlucky as well because all of the early accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion agree that it took place on Friday leaving it to be an unlucky day in America. Friday the 13th became the unluckiest of days simply because it combined two distinct superstitions into one. It so not fully clear why people are so fearful of this day but the stories and myths do make people believe it is certainly unlucky.
historians believe that this superstition arose in the late 19th century. Although this superstition is not understandable, people do suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia meaning fear of this day. Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire says “They need to realize that they have the ability to create much of their own good and bad luck,” he said. “And they should concentrate on being lucky by, for example, looking on the bright side of events in their lives.”
Through the century their are sure to be more information about this specific day and why people are so feared of it but at the moment their is just believable myths that leave everyone terrified of Friday the 13th.