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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

Superstitions and Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th, often considered one of the unluckiest days on the calendar, has been the source of superstitions and fear for centuries. People around the world have various beliefs about this day, from avoiding travel and making major decisions to fearing unexpected accidents. But, can we really attribute unfortunate events to superstitions? Let's explore the concept of superstitions and whether there is any concrete connection between them and occurrences like the one mentioned.

The superstition surrounding Friday the 13th has deep historical roots. Many believe that the origin of this fear can be traced back to a combination of two superstitions: the fear of the number 13 (known as triskaidekaphobia) and the fear of Fridays.

The fear of the number 13 can be seen in many cultures throughout history. Some believe it is connected to the Last Supper where there were 13 individuals present, including Judas, who later betrayed Jesus. The negative association with Fridays has its roots in Norse mythology, where Friday was believed to be a day of bad luck.

The story of me taking Friday the 13th off and getting hit by a car is undoubtedly unfortunate. Correlation does not equal causation, and it is more rational to chalk this incident up to an unfortunate coincidence rather than blaming it on Friday the 13th.

Superstitions can have a powerful hold on individuals, but it's important to approach them with a rational mindset. Believing in superstitions can lead to unnecessary fear and anxiety. Instead of focusing on superstitions, consider taking steps to enhance your safety and well-being. Being cautious, and taking preventative measures can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents, no matter the date.

So, don't let superstitions dictate your actions or fears, and remember that life's mishaps are often just coincidences that can occur on any day of the year.

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