There are superstitions that we pass on from one generation to the next. Each culture has their legends. Whether we choose to believe in myths or not, is entirely up to us. One superstition in our society is that breaking a mirror causes bad luck and there are many other myths. In the Western world, some people consider Friday the 13th an unlucky day. In some historical accounts, Friday and the number 13 are seen as unlucky.
After all, many bad events took place on Friday. In Ancient Rome, Friday was execution day. In Great Britain, Friday was hanging day. In the biblical story, Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden on Friday. Since the stock market tends to crash more on Friday, Black Friday is defined as the day that the stock market takes a plunge.
Some cultures see 13 as an unlucky number. According to a Norse myth, having 13 guests seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. Some people are so superstitious about Friday the 13th that they do not begin new projects, take flights, go to job interviews or plan weddings on that day.
Gioachino Rossini, who was a famous Italian composer and opera singer, was very superstitious about Friday the 13th and believed it was a very unlucky day. He died on Friday the 13th of November 1868.
Diverse cultures view the number 13 differently from others. In Spanish speaking countries, Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day. Instead, they consider Tuesday the 13th as their unlucky day. Not all people think that 13 is an unlucky number. In Italy and China, 13 is a lucky number.
In the United States, Friday the 13th has inspired the production of several horror movies appropriately named “Friday the 13th.” There are some of us who even choose to celebrate Friday the 13th by watching those Friday the 13th flicks as well as other horror films.
In Newark, New Jersey, those who believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day are more cautious than usual. Some Newarkers are more careful when they commute to work on that day since they are more fearful of accidents.
Whether you choose to believe in myths or not, they help most children and young people connect more with their culture. After all, most youngsters are fascinated with legends that are passed on from one generation to the next. As for Friday the 13th and other superstitions, they help make our lives a little more interesting.