Superstition: Why Are People Afraid of Friday the 13th?

The origins of the superstitions are unknown

By William White, InvestorPlace Writer

Today is Friday the 13th, but where does the fear of this day come from?

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The exact origins of the superstition are unknown, but it’s thought it could have popped up in the Middle ages. This theory claims that the day is connected to there being 13 people present with Jesus on the Thursday before he was crucified, which is said to have been on the 13th day of the month.

The superstition is also mentioned in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ biography of Gioachino Rossini from 1869. There’s also a novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth that was released in 1907. It has a banker creating a panic on Friday the 13th due to the bad luck associated it.

While the precise origins and cause of fear concerning Friday the 13th are unknown, it still has superstitious people being extra careful when it comes around.

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