India has been infamous for being superstitious and following weird traditions just to avoid bad omen. The west is not so unscathed itself. Halloween is considered the spookiest day, followed by Friday the 13th. This year it’s falling in the same month as Halloween.
"It's been estimated that $800 or $900 million [U.S.] is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they normally would do" Late Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute told National Geographic in 2013.
Here are some interesting superstitions behind the tarnished image of Friday The 13th
- In 1995, Finland dedicated Friday the 13th as National Accident Day
- Many hotels and businesses do not have a 13th floor. They jump straight from 12th to 14th floor. Some hotels even avoid using 13 in room numbers.
- Some biblical scholars also believe that Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on a Friday.
- There’s a term for the fear of Friday the 13th. It is triskaidekaphobia.
- Thirteen is the number of witches you need to form a coven.
- One superstition says ‘If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck’.
- Many people refuse to fly on 13th resulting in cheap ticketing cost.Although this is the last time the dreaded combination will be encountered in 2017, and the next one will not be until April 2018. Could it be scarier?