Do you believe in superstition? Around the world, there are different forms of superstitions practiced by groups, communities, and cultures. This is based on ancestral practices that represent their tradition and societal interests. Superstition is very much valued by concerned interest groups because it is believed to affect daily routines. Whenever superstition is being practiced, it ensembles a thought, activity, and predictions that can affect the daily routine of an individual.

Superstitions are often regarded as a folklore that are strongly believed by your older ancestors. However, if there are circumstances when the folklore can be similar with your past experiences, this is when you will start to feel goosebumps because there is something going on that could disturb you. Traditional practices and beliefs reminds everyone how things could be unpredictable that can make you remember it for the rest of your life. This is the reason why there are still many indivdiuals who still believe in folklore because they already have had experiences from the past that officially impacted their lives.
May 13, 2016 falls on Friday
Friday the 13th is referred to as one of the most superstitious dates in modern times. This is the day when the 13th day of the month fall on a Friday. In western culture, this date is considered as an unlucky date because it is where all negative forces unite to contribute an unsuccessful task or activity. It drives a certain activity that can decline a certain plan, impacting the life of an individual. This is because there is an underlying concept of negativism associated with this date as have been believed by most societies around the world.

Most individuals or groups prefer to delay or postpone their plans during this day. They believe that having an activity in this time of the month brings undesirable outcome such as failing to meet expected goals. Groups who are planning to go on a trip during this day feels that they are going to experience a set of uncanny challenges that might change their lives in the future. Elderly are the most concerned in this circumstances because their traditional values that are associated with their cultural norms agree to this superstition popularized by the western communities.


During the Middle Ages, medieval religious leaders and advocates that 12 is a powerful number, scenario, and circumstances. Following the most powerful day comes with the retaliation of negative force, which is to balance a certain power to prevent it from over exceeding its potential that might cause undesirable impacts.

As for the history, religious experts as well as historians, associate the 'last supper' of Jesus Christ with his followers. Among the 13 who attended the simple gathering, there is one who was identified as the traitor of the group. Jesus Christ identified the man under the name of Judas, who made a secret alliance with the Roman officials. Judas was responsible for leading Romans to locate and execute Jesus that took place on Good Friday.

Due to the scripts indicated from the Bible regarding the image of Friday the 13th, leaders from all over Europe regarded 13 as an unlucky number. Local celebrities from various countries and territories during the medieval and renaissance period followed this belief, thinking that it can link to unlucky events that affect their productivity in life. Another origin is associated with the incident involving King Philip's order to arrest hundreds of knights Templar in France on 13 of October in 1307 that falls on Friday.

Why are we scared about Friday the 13th?

1. Bad luck: Friday the 13th is considered as the unluckiest day of the month. It represents all unlucky forces that impact the welfare and wellbeing of a certain scenario. Whenever this day falls on a certain month, many believes that the chances of succeeding on this particular day are slim. This is because there is a restricted luck, affecting our plans and goals for any event that falls on this particular day.

2. The rise of paranormal events: Religious advocates fear that this time of the day is responsible for causing paranormal activities to occur more often. The number associated with 13 is representing a negative charm that attracts any force of evil. believers thought that spirits from the underworld tries to expose their terror to the human world and exposes the wrath of devilish powers in order to create intimidation to humans and animals.

3. Strained relations with other individuals: Believers of superstition know that during this time of the day, there will be more friendships that can be ruined or to start causing a gap. The belief that 13 is embraced by the dark force affects the productivity of friendship goals that might turn into miscommunication or misunderstandings. Friendships can turn into conflicts that can affect two or more individuals or groups.

4. Not good for businesses: Businesses can experience a backdrop with their investments and asset management issues during this time of the day. One example is the backdrop of stock market prices that can affect numerous asset and liability management that has been causing a decline in sales and investments of an operating institution. A business relationship can expose vulnerabilities with their market values and start-up enterprise because there is an unseen force that affects the productivity and competitiveness of their business.

5. Fear of accidents: During this time of the month, people believe that Friday the 13th attracts numerous accidental incidents that can happen to anyone. People might be caught in unexpected road accidents, trapped in geologically active places,and a crash landing of any transportation of vehicles. People might be involved in freak accidents that might end their lives in an instant with a slim possibility of reviving their lives.

6. Fear of number 13: People who are overwhelmed with superstitions associate themselves with the fear of number 13. In this reason, they show that they exhibit a condition known as 'triskaidekaphobia' that is a scientific word based from the Greek word Paraskevi as Friday and dekatreis as thirteen. Whenever people will be informed about an event, individual, things, or any circumstances  associated with number 13, they simply decline about it.

7. Nightmares: People who are preoccupied with the thoughts regarding Friday the 13th are fearful that they might develop nightmares. They believe that they can start exhibiting memory flashes that stimulate fears of horrific events or a certain activity that haunts their innocent minds. This is associated with the horror movies and stories regarding mythical creatures, events, and places that promote terror.

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