Friday the 13th, myth or reality

Friday the 13th, myth or reality

Heritage & Traditions

By Mercy Ramos

Friday the 13th is a fateful day for millions of people around the world as it is considered bad luck. There are several stories attributed to that thought.

One of them dates back to the Middle Ages, when King Philip IV of France, supported by Pope Clement V, ordered raids to arrest all the Templars in the country on Friday, October 13, 1307.

Other stories suggest that superstition belongs to Christianity and refer to the Last Supper of Christ that had 13 diners and was later condemned to die crucified, which took place on a Friday.

Also, since ancient times, the number thirteen has been considered a bad omen for being the next prime number after twelve, highly esteemed for its good mathematical qualities.

Some attribute it to the legend that it was on a Friday that Eve bit the forbidden apple. In short, for one reason or another, what is true is that many people in the world that day avoid going on a trip, making promises for the future and much less getting married.

For this reason, most prefer, above all, to stay at home, a place they consider the safest. But not only is that specific day considered bad luck, the number itself also contains fear because, even in many countries, tall buildings jump from floors 12 to 14, apartments 13 do not exist and in hotels there are no rooms with that. number.

In Cuba, not to be the least, many people also believe in that superstition or, we could also call it, legend, although a large part of them believe in the curse of Tuesday the 13th.

What is certain is that either Tuesday or Friday the 13th is a cursed number for many and, in the largest of the Antilles there are those who respect the old adage that on that day “neither get married, nor go on a trip, or be apart from your family”.

However, if you have decided to travel or get married, forget about it and enjoy what life has in store for you.