Friday the 13th is it just a Date or should we be Superstitious

A BLACK cat crosses your path and then you walk under a ladder.

You get home and realise today is Friday the 13th, the most fearful and superstitious date on the calendar, possibly except for Halloween.

So why do we fear that date and what are some of the superstitions associated with it?

People have long been suspicious about the number 13. Supposedly a witches coven is composed of 13 members and the number 13 Tarot card symbolises the Grim Reaper.

Fridays have been considered an unlucky day in many cultures since medieval times. Christians believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday and was betrayed by Judas the Apostle, who was the 13th person to arrive at the last supper.

Some people take their fear of the date so seriously they avoid taking flights, do not go about their normal business or even avoid getting out of bed.

Hotels have avoided having a 13th floor, hospitals sometimes do not have a room marked 13 and airplanes sometimes have no 13th aisle.

Many of the most popular superstitions are actually common all year around but it’s only on Friday the 13th that we think of them.

From broken mirrors, to walking on cracks, all the most popular superstitions come rushing back to us when Friday the 13th comes around.

Then there are superstitions that are specifically for the day – and some of them are pretty odd.

One states that if you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, a family member will die, which seems a bit drastic.

Even cutting your nails is a bad omen.

Another superstition that seems a little freaky is that if you pass a funeral procession on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

And this gem – that if a child is born on Friday the 13th, it willl be unlucky for its whole life.

Some believe that if you so much as change your bed on this date, you will suffer bad dreams that night.

Leaving your calendar on Friday the 13th after the date is also meant to be bad luck.

There is actually a Latin name for a phobia of the date – paraskevidekatriaphobia.

Friday the 13th is actually economically damaging in some instances.

Many businesses actually note monetary losses on the date due to people not venturing out.

Superstitions are a normal part of our day to day life – just think of the practice of saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes.

Try not to take the date too seriously – remember, there are plenty of seniors around who have survived countless Friday  the 13ths.