Travelers try to avoid the date, while brides shudder at getting hitched on Friday the 13th. Why is that? Is there any truth behind the fear people have of Friday the 13th? It is more about the unlucky pairing between the number 13 and the weekday, Friday!
It all started from the French publications which in the 19th century made the coincidence popular, where the French people were filled with superstition about the number 13 and the day, Friday.
The superstition slowly spread worldwide as London and New York people started talking about it! The idea was introduced during this century, leading to further negative publicity stringing along with the superstition.
Finally, the Thirteen Clubs started in different cities such as London, where people hosted dinner for 13, discussed supernatural elements, and spilled salt to warn off all negativism. Over the years, the whole perception of Friday the 13th has gone to such an extent that people have developed phobias.
For example, triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, while paraskevidekatriaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th, has become real. Not everyone goes to the level of seeking therapy or counseling for this fear, but it is a real thing.
In the medical sense, it is a serious concern that can make it difficult for people with phobias, Friday the 13th being one of them. Superstition is taken seriously in the official manual of disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
So, is there any valid reason behind the fear of Friday the 13th? There have been times when bad events have happened on Friday the 13th. However, there is no confirmation that it has an impact. It can be a completely coincidence.
In 1931, A British newspaper reported that the Canadian Prime Minister did not want to sail on this day. He waited to turn at 12:01 a.m. on the 14th of the month!