Happy Friday the 13th!
The most unluckiest day to some. The most luckiest day to others.
For me, I’m indifferent. I’m not the superstitious type, so that explains most of my indifference. (And NO! I am not a horror picture fan so any scary movies dealing with this day I haven’t watch and never will!) Growing up, Friday the 13th was just another day until I went to school and some of my classmates were freaked out about it. And while I’m indifferent about this day, I respect others’ beliefs about it.
Which is what piqued my interest. What and why is the superstition surround Friday the 13th?
Of course, I googled it immediately, putting my scholarly skills to the test. According to Wikipedia, the best preliminary research site ever!, folklorist can’t find any written information on it until the 1900s. I find that really interesting because that’s so new …. in writing anyway.
The first documented instance of this superstition is credited to Gioachino Rossini, who was a famous Italian composer. He believed the number “13” was unlucky as well as the day “Friday.” And would you believe it if I told you he died on Friday the 13th? Talk about coincidence!
So, this leads me to my next questions: What significance does ‘13’ hold? And what significance does ‘Friday’ hold?
There are tons of myths, legends, and lore about the two and both lucky and unlucky. Regrettably, I don’t have the time to dissect it now, but know that I hope to return to the idea. Perhaps the next Friday the 13th? Which would be the next month where the first is a Sunday. And feel free to comment below if you know of any tidbits.
Hope you all had a safe day, regardless of what you believe, and that overall, this was a lucky day for you all!