Today is Friday the 13th and is considered to be the unluckiest day in the Gregorian calendar. Why is this such a real fear? The first documented mention of the day can be found in a biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on the 13th day of a Friday. Some people who have this disorder are sometimes too afraid to say the words “Friday the 13th”. Others avoid flying on a plane, going to work, or even getting out of bed. The ancient Egyptians thought the number 13 was lucky because they believed that the 13th stage of life was related to the afterlife.
The fear of Friday the 13th is also called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. Yeah, I know those words are a mouthful. Experts say that friggatriskaidekaphobia affects millions of people and estimate that businesses, especially airlines suffer from severe losses on Friday the 13th. Many high-rise buildings, hotels, and hospitals skip the 13th floor and many airports do not have gates numbered 13. In many parts of the world, having 13 people at the dinner table is considered bad luck.
So how do you feel about Friday the 13th? Whatever your sentiments may be about the day, be positive and look for good things to happen to you today, regardless of the date!