Friday the 13th

Today is the first Friday the 13th of 2017. Check out these superstitious facts about today and where the superstition came from. 

17 to 21 million people have a fear of Friday the 13th. The fear is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. The word stems from Frigga, the name of the Norse goddess whom Friday is named after. Also connected to this day is the fear of the number 13, or, triskaidekaphobia. The name of the phobia stems from the Greek Paraskevi for Friday, Dekatreis for thirteen and phobia for fear. 2017 will consist of three Friday the 13th dates. Today, April 13th as well as July 13th. In the Gregorian Calendar Friday the 13th occurs at least once a year. The fear of the number 13 is widespread and effects different factors in every day life. many cities do not have a 13th street, many high-rise buildings don’t have a 13th floor, airports don’t typically have a gate 13, and hospitals avoid labeling rooms with 13. The first known reference in English of Friday the 13th is in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rissini. Are you superstitious? Do you have rituals you use to avoid bad luck? Let us know!