Superstitions about the number 13, consider it an unlucky number. In fact, to be more precise, as a National Geographic article shows, in some Anglo-Saxon cultures Friday the 13th is seen as an unlucky day.
The origin of this belief dates back to the birth of Christianity and is related to various historical events that have taken place in the world. One of the most important historical episodes associated with this superstition is the crucifixion of Christ, being Judas, who betrayed him, the 13th disciple.
Moreover, according to the biblical scriptures, Jesus was crucified one day after the Last Supper, that is, on Friday, the date commemorated during Holy Week, rtv21.tv portal reports.
Although there is no specific historical fact that marks the event as something accurate or not, Friday the 13th continues to be seen as a negative day that needs to be irreparably preserved.
In a historical summary of the origins of this superstition, National Geographic found and listed other events that occurred on Friday the 13th and nurtured this popular belief.
According to the article they shared, it was Friday the 13th of 1307 when the fall of the Templars took place, a military and religious order established in
Holy Land. On this date they were arrested and presented before the court of the Inquisition to be tried by King Felipe IV, this for their alleged actions against Christianity, so some were held and others were killed.
"The shipwreck of the Costa Concordia in 2012 on the island of Giglio in Italy was on Friday the 13th, with a balance of two missing persons, 32 dead and about 4,000 people evacuated," he added.
Other coincidences appeared in the historical count, where the number 13 and the day before the weekend are remembered for a tragic event. And it was exactly on Friday, November 13, 2015, when France took one of the first terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.
According to a study in the Medical Journal, quoted by National Geographic, this superstition has even been taken into consideration by medical researchers. As a result of this work, it was found that between 1989 and 1992, in a British region, traffic accidents increased by 52% on Friday the 13th.
Undoubtedly, fiction has been responsible for reinforcing this belief and for surrounding this date with more elements that instill terror. In this sense, it is worth noting the saga of 'Friday the 13th', which was published in 1980 with the protagonist Jason Voorhess. A series of films that have reinforced the superstition of this date and not only to movie fans.
In any case, whether it is true or not, in some cultures, such as Ecuador, there are some recommendations for that date, which go beyond "knocking on the door". According to Calendarr, it is better to avoid cleaning or using the broom on that day, it is also not advisable to stay or go under the stairs, much less it is not considered the right day to start a big project.21Media