This year, fasten your seat belts for a double threat of Friday the 13th
when it falls on Friday, April 13, 2018 and again on Friday, July 13, 2018.
Be careful. It's Friday the 13th!
Generations of people have lived their whole lives fearing this fateful date, but what could possibly go wrong?
Why Friday the 13th?
The number 13 has been associated with bad luck since the time of Christ, when the Last Supper was attended by Jesus and his 12 apostles. The 13th and last member to arrive is traditionally believed to be Judas the betrayer.
Later, Friday became the Christian observance now known as Good Friday marking the day Christ was crucified.
Centuries later, the superstitious Middle Ages did nothing to dispel the notion that the day was unlucky. That's when medieval King Philip of France began rounding up the Knights Templar for fear that they had become too powerful. Torture and eventual execution befell the revered and much-beloved group soon after the arrests began on Friday the 13th, 1306.
13 has never been
but why chance it?
Today, the dual superstitions of Bad Luck Friday and the "unlucky" 13 are fairly entrenched throughout many countries and cultures.
In the traditional tarot deck, the 13th card is traditionally embellished with a skeleton... brandishing a sickle! Meanwhile, numerologists regard the number 13 as a symbol of fear and upheaval.
As a result, modern skyscrapers will often skip the 13th floor, going straight from 12 to 14. Similarly, airlines often avoid the number altogether for airplane rows or arrival gates.
Weddings dates, new job starts, going on a trip, or any other auspicious occasions are usually planned to avoid the 13th day of the month -- especially Friday the 13th -- to ensure good fortune.
When is Friday the 13th?
The number of times Friday the 13th occurs varies from year to year.
In 2018, Friday the 13th poses a double threat when it falls on April 13, 2018, and again on July 13, 2018.
All told, Friday the 13th is based solely on traditional fears
and and old wives tales. Much like walking under a ladder, spilling salt, or having a black cat cross your path, Friday the 13th has never been scientifically proven to bring bad luck or mishaps.
But why tempt fate? After all, anything really important can always wait until Monday!