Fear, that’s what Friday The 13th is.
For the people who do fear Friday The 13th, many have decided to skip out on the day altogether.
Many bikers have called up their buddies and headed to Port Dover for the day. It’s a bit of tradition for Ontario bikers, but most are using it as an excuse to road trip in a large group.
That’s just one of the many strange and obscure things that happen on Friday the 13th. Many people stay home, refrain from travelling or even cower in fear under the covers all day.
Friday The 13th is considered to be the most feared day of the entire year.
It’s been known to affect close to 17 to 21 million people - according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina. That same source also suggests that because of Friday The 13th, over $800 million is lost in business across North America.
But the origins of this feared day has been debated heavily. It really comes down to why the number 13 is so unlucky. If you look at the number 12 – it’s been considered to be the “complete” number.
We’re referring to the fact that there are 12 months in a year, 12 hours a day and 12 Apostles of Jesus. In comparison, the number 13 is obscure and irregular. Ever since the last supper, it’s been considered to be unlucky if you had 13 people sitting at a dinner table.
Many hotels also skip out on making a 13th floors, some elevators lack a 13th button.
And of course - Hollywood has taken advantage of this day with countless slasher-flicks. Five of the 12 Friday The 13th films have been released on the day itself, and filmmakers have cashed in on the superstitious day with the knife-wielding Jason.
Now if you’re feeling a little anxious on this beautiful Friday, we really suggest you relax, chill out – it is after all just a number. There’s nothing to worry about, but if you took the day off – all the more power to you.
Happy Friday the 13th!