Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

So I'm sure many of you know that Friday the 13th is considered to be unlucky. Well, here in Chile (and other countries around the world) today is just any ordinary day. The day that is feared by all those superstitious people is Tuesday the 13th.

Why Tuesday?

Well, from what I've read it all goes back to the fall of Constantinople is the year 1453. The Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople on a Tuesday (May 29th to be exact). This greatly upset many people of the Christian faith. I'm guessing they considered it unlucky back in the 1400s and it stuck for many people in Spanish speaking countries (Greeks too, apparently). 

So why isn't Tuesday the 29th considered unlucky instead of Tuesday the 13th?

It seems so many people, for so many different reasons fear the number 13. There are so many theories online but the following seem to be the most common. 

  1. There were 13 people present at the Last Supper. And that didn't end so well.
  2. On Friday, October 13, 1307 an arrest was issued for the Knights Templar by the king of France. King Philip was such a bully.



Enough history, back to Tuesdays in Chile.

Those who are super-superstitious, will avoid traveling or getting married on this day because they believe trips or marriages that begin on Tuesday the 13th will not end well.

Chile is divided into 15 regions, numbered one through fifteen. There is no region 13. To make up for the lack of a thirteenth region, there is RM, or Región Metropolitana de Santiago (Metropolitan Region of Santiago).  Seems there are many Triskaidekaphobes here.

Many pop culture references from the US have trickled down into Chile and other Spanish speaking countries. The popularity of the Friday the 13th films spurred new generations to consider that day to be unlucky as well.

Creepy McCreeperson

I, for one, am not a superstitious person. Friday the 13th is a fantastic day in my opinion. Why? Because it's a Friday.

3 comments:

  1. You forgot another reason why 13 is considered unlucky:

    The end of the Mayan calendar's 13th Baktun is superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012

    See? Wikipedia is my friend too!

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  2. RI was the 13th state...
    (need I say more?) >>smile<<

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I've never gotten the fear of Tuesday the 13th myself. Friday makes sense, at least ;)

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