Friday, 13 January 2017

FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH

                                             
                                                             
Some of my books on display at my local library


Hello everyone,


Anyway, according to our calendar, today is FRIDAY, 13TH JANUARY. It is a day that many people fear; it's associated with tragedy, disaster and awful things. Well, if you are superstitious. Friday and the thirteenth are both considered unlucky and together means 'double' unlucky. It has its own name... friggatriaskaidekaphobia  after the Norse god FRIGG as Friday is named after him or in Greek, it's paraskeveidekatriaphobia.
There are some who have a complete phobia relating to the number thirteen; this is triskaidekaphobia.

Where does this fear originate from? One theory is that it originated from the fact that Christ was crucified on a Friday and that there were thirteen at the Last Supper; this  derives from Christianity/Judaism. There is nothing else that is specific for this superstition. It may be that Christ was crucified on 13th, or 13th is associated with the Flood and Noah or Eve's temptation in the Garden of Eden was on 13th. None of these theories can be proven.

Leaving Christianity and Judaism aside there's also a possibility that it derives from Norse mythology where 12 gods were at the banquet in Valhalla. Loke, the demi-god of mischief was not invited but chose to attend bringing the number to 13. Also, in Ancient Egypt 13 was associated with death and the afterlife.

Some people will dispute all of these things as utter nonsense  because they have been lucky winning the Lottery on 13th. Euro Lottery does have two draws a week on Tuesday and Friday but aren't the odds of winning something like 70 million to 1? These odds mean that the majority of people who enter the draw on Friday 13th are going to be unlucky and LOSE money.

Are you a friggatriaskaidekaphobic? Will you be taking the day of work, changing your plans, refusing to fly or just staying in bed or the day? However, there is only ONE more Friday 13th's this year; it is in October.  So think positive, stay strong and have a happy 13th.

Lady M xxx
                              


He's not worried about Friday 13th!




 

               

2 comments:

  1. Well, it's living up to it's reputation here in Colorado. We have flooding up and down the front range. Boulder county alone has gotten a foot of rain in 24 hrs. Crazy weather especially since this state is considered arid. I hope the day is just the opposite for you across the pond!

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    1. Hi Lisa, I've just seen the devastating pics of Colorado on our news. There is a phrase 'when it rains, it rains pennies from heaven'. It seems like you're having far more than a shower. I hope it clears up soon and that you stay safe and dry.

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