Friday the 13th

Yesenia Diaz, Staff Writer

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Beware! The unluckiest day of the year is here. Friday the 13th is the day no one can really figure out if it is just superstition or reality.

A day where some may laugh at while others fear for what might happen. According to a studies by the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, it is estimated that in the U.S. about 17 to 20 million people have phobias of this day.

The phobia known as Triskaidekaphobia has developed because of the superstition and myths that circle the this day.  

Scientist have even done research on why bad events occur on this day. It was discovered by Dutch scientists, that people are usually very careful on this day because of their fears of terrible events happening.

Although scientific explanations can give reason to Friday 13th. Many people think that it has a religious background as well. They think this because Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on this day.

Other religious and historical events have happened on this day. For example, on Friday October 13th,1307 Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar. It also stated on the New Testament that a day before the crucifixion of Jesus there were 13 people present.

Many other beliefs are tied into the background of Friday the 13th. Like the myth that if you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die. There are even beliefs that if you are born on Friday 13th you will be unlucky for life.

Beware Knights! Something unlucky might happen to you or maybe nothing will happen. No one knows…

   

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