paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th)



Friday the 13th for some believers is considered the day of bad luck. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia derived from the Greek words Paraskevi (meaning Friday), dekatreis (meaning thirteen), attached to phobia (meaning fear). The term is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a simple phobia (fear) of the number thirteen.

History says, both the number thirteen and Friday have been considered unlucky. In numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, as relected in the twelve months of the year, twelve recognized signs of the zodiac, twelve apostles of Jesus and etc...whereas, the number 13 is considered irregular, transgressing the completeness. There is also superstition thought by some to derive from the last supper that having thirteen people seated at the table will result of the death of one of the diners.

Here are some of the compiled lists of the World’s Natural Events that falls on Fridays the 13th:

~ The Black Friday bushfires in Victoria, Australia occurred on Friday, January 13, 1939.

~ The Uruguayan Ruby team infamously crashed in the Andes mountain range on Friday, 13 October 1972
~ Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte, Florida on Friday, August 13, 2004.
~ The “Friday the 13th Storm” struck Buffalo, New York on October 13, 2006.

On the other hand, the planned events for this year’s Friday the 13th.

~ The 2008 Tamil block-buster film Dasavatharam is planned to release on Friday, June 12, 2008 in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, USA and UK.
~ The 2008 film, “The Happening” is planned to release on te 13th of Friday this year.
The Incredible Hulk is planned to release on Friday, 13 June 2008.
And here’s an advance forecast: The remake of the original “Friday the 13th” is planned to release on Friday, February 13, 2009.

However for some reasons, to some the urban legend Friday the 13th is just as lucky as it is. Haayy..whatever! For me, everyday is a lucky day for as long as we breathe and live. What is meant to happen will just simply happen no matter what time or day!

2 Response to "paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th)"

  1. Lazy Goy says:

    when i was younger (way younger than i am now ^_^) i used to believe in the friday the 3th superstition. but as i was growing up i realized that it was just like any other day - you could get lucky or unlucky.

    well, it's just like you said:

    "for as long as we breathe and live. What is meant to happen will just simply happen no matter what time or day!"

    may you have a lucky friday the 13th ^_^

    Nancy says:

    lazy goy,

    helplessness made us prone to believe what our elderly has to say simply because we are young and innocent. all we could afford to do is to believe this and that...

    but time will what you and many among us exactly have been through...

    thanks for stopping by!!!

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