Published on July 13th, 2018 | by sligoadmin


Friday 13th

Today of all days is Friday 13th a day that can strike fear into those who are superstitious and morbidly afraid of this day/date. Some people will go so far as staying in bed all day to avoid any kind of misfortune. And this fear has a name – friggatriskaidekaphobia. Not an easy one to say even with all your teeth in.

It comes from the idea that the number 13 is an unlucky digit. Some say it originated in the bible. Jesus was betrayed by Judas who was the 13th guest at the last supper. Other things from the bible include Noah’s flood, Adam being tempted by Eve and the death of Jesus but we can’t prove these happened on a Friday or even the 13th day of a month.

People (and some businesses) studiously avoid using the number. In some hotels there is no room 13 or indeed even a 13th floor. US cruise ships don’t have a number 13 deck. Real estate agents know that no one wants to live in a house or apartment with this address.

In this country we adapted our licence plate system to avoid having the number as part of car registrations. The number 1 was added for the first part of the year and a 2 for the second e.g.

181 SO 1345 and 182 SO 4536

However it can be a great day to get married as a lot of couples won’t book the church or hotel for such a date.

Maybe this is just something that’s evolved in English speaking countries. In Spain and in Greece, it’s Tuesday the 13th and in Italy it’s Friday 17th.

SligoSligoNews simply say “stay lucky”.


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