Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Stryker Marsik, Senior Staff Writer

Many people know the date Friday the 13th- or Black FridayРas a bad luck horror movie with Jason Voorhees chasing you with a machete, but do you know the real meaning of the date Friday the 13th? As the infamous day only comes 3 times this year, the big fear is in the month of October.  Also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th, paranoia sinks in for most along with the belief in gory superstitions and other bad luck to occur on this date.

In Christianity , it is unlucky to have thirteen people at a table or company. The number 13 is the number of people at the last supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas. Many also believe since Christ was crucified on a Friday, that the 5th day of the week is to be unlucky.

Some common superstitions of this day include: walking under a ladder, breaking glass, black cats crossing your path, opening umbrellas inside, and dealing with any number with 666 (the number that ties with Satan) or 13. The most common thing that ties with the date is the movie Friday the 13th, which deals with a group of camp counselors being murdered by an unknown killer after reopening a summer camp that was the site of a child drowning several years before. This movie became a hit and turned into a  successful cult classic that has sold novels, comic books, merchandise, and even airing television show.

Ultimately you decide whether or not this day is bad luck, but the smart thing is to stay in doors this day and watch a movie. preferably not Friday the 13th, but you decide your own luck.