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Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th is a day that makes everyone a little uneasy! But why? Where did this superstition come from? 

Historians are not sure why, or when, Friday the 13th became a superstitious date, but they are able to see patterns throughout history that may explain how it happened. In Western cultures, the number 12 represented an idea of “completeness.” The calendar year, zodiac, and many religious traditions have revolved around 12.

Comparatively, the number 13 has been associated with negative events. At the Last Supper, there were 13 guests at the table. And the reason Friday is unlucky is attributed to Jesus being crucified on a Friday, as well as Eve giving Adam the forbidden apple on that day.  

In the 2021 calendar year, August 13 is the only Friday the 13th in the year. Unfortunately for the superstitious, there are some years that have three Friday the 13ths! The next year that will happen is 2026.

In the meantime, be sure to check out some library material to get you through this creepy day!