Keep Calm and Thank God It is Friday The 13th!
Pavan Chauhan|Sep 13th, 2013 02:40pm
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September 13th joins hands with a usually favourite day of the week to become the ‘dreaded’ FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!
All over the western world, this day spells horror in the minds of people and we have stories of the funniest quirks that people like to harbour on this day! Before we get to that, let’s look at the origins of this superstition and see why it spells “BOO” in the minds of most people!
Let’s begin at the very beginning:
In Norse Mythology, 13 powerful gods met with violent ends on this day.
Adam and Eve are supposed to have bitten the fruit of knowledge on this day leading to the Fall of Man.
Christians believe that it was on Friday the 13th that Jesus Christ was crucified. It was also the day, when Judas, the thirteenth apostle of Christ betrayed him to the Romans.
Some historians suggest that the Christian distrust of Fridays is actually linked to the early Catholic Church’s overall suppression of pagan religions and women. In the Roman calendar, Friday was devoted to Venus, the goddess of love. When Norsemen adapted the calendar, they named the day after Frigg, or Freya, Norse goddesses connected to love. Since both of these strong female figures posed a threat to the male-dominated Christianity, as theory goes, the Christian church vilified the day named after them.
This characterization may also have played a part in the fear of the number 13. It was said that Frigg would often join a coven of witches, normally a group of 12, bringing the total to 13. This idea may have originated with the Christian Church itself; it is of course impossible to verify the exact origins of most folklore. A similar Christian legend holds that 13 is unholy because it signifies the gathering of 12 witches and the devil.
To sum it up, because there is this great uncertainty about the future, people tend to follow all sorts of quirks to prevent a bad thing from happening to them. We collated some really quirky ones for you:
- Some people fill up their mouths with water and walk around the block to ward of any evil that may be lurking around the corner for them. The trick is to not swallow or let the water spill from your mouth.
- Some people eat garlic or wear it to ward off the devil on this day.
- There are a lot of people who think that hanging out their smelly socks will bring them luck (Of course! Why will any one visit a smelly house?;p )
- Did you know, most hotels, studios, residential buildings, offices do not have a thirteenth floor or a room numbered ‘13’?
- Franklin D Roosevelt, former American president refused to board a plane or even get out of his house on Friday the 13th.
- People are also advised to not cut their hair or nails on this day because it is believed witches and devils can use them to influence their personalities. People even try to avoid giving birth on this day to stop their child from becoming a devil!!
Our suggestion is – just relax and not let your fear of the worst take over you. Friday is like any other day, is it not? In fact, it marks the beginning of the weekend and gives you two full days to relax and unwind before you gear up for the next school week!
Do you have any Friday fears that YOU would like to share? Write in to us and tell the world!