Friday the 13th Special: Superstitions Around the World

Friday the 13th is today, a day that is universally recognized as a bad omen. There’s even a scientific name for fear of the number 13: triskaidekaphobia. The reason that this superstition started could date all the way back to the Last Supper and Jesus’ crucifixion. There were 13 people present at the dinner (Last Supper) before his death. Another story has it dated back to Friday 13, 1307; the reason for this specific date is because this is when Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of Knights Templar members. Even with the above reasons, there is no set reason that Friday the 13th is such a scary date.

Superstitions run rampant all over the world. Some of the most common in the U.S. are:

  • if a black cat crosses your path, it will bring you misfortune or even death.
  • if you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck.
  • step on a crack, break your mother’s back.
  • if you break a mirror, you will have seven years of bad luck.

The list goes on and on. There are so many superstitions it’s sometimes hard to keep them all straight. When it comes to superstitions around the world, things get even more complicated. Here’s a great article that highlights 25 Superstitions Around the World.


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