Today is Friday the 13th - Know why superstitious people fear this combination

Interestingly, today is Friday and the 13th day of the month but the good news is that there is only one Friday the 13th this year.

Last Updated: May 13, 2016, 12:48 PM IST
Today is Friday the 13th - Know why superstitious people fear this combination
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Mumbai: Some people are extremely superstitious about certain things. Some of these could bring in positive feelings while the rest could foster negative thoughts and fears. Among the most famous superstitions – Friday the 13th finds a special mention. And interestingly, today is Friday and the 13th day of the month but the good news is that there is only one Friday the 13th this year.

But why do people consider this day to be unlucky?

According to a report in TIME, it is very difficult to identify the exact reason that triggered this belief. However, some opine that the Last Supper and the 13 guests who sat on the table on the day before the Friday on which Jesus was crucified could be associated with it.

“When those two events come together, you are reenacting at least a portion of that terrible event,” TIME quoted Dr. Phil Stevens, 74, an associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo as saying.

Many people avoid booking or occupying apartment or hotel rooms that are numbered 13. They even avoid Friday the 13th for fixing marriages or any good event.

Interestingly, this number is considered auspicious by a number of cultures.