Why is people afraid of Friday 13th?

Getty Images Friday the 13th circled on a calendar is often associated with bad luck

Friday the 13th is a date that strikes fear into the hearts of the superstitious and one many avoid for booking a wedding or holding a party. Has anything bad ever happened to you on this day before?

Here's all you need to know about the day and why so many people consider it unlucky.

Arbitrary though they may be, and whatever you may believe, it's hard not to notice when the 13th falls on a Friday! Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday, and Judas, who betrayed him, was the thirteenth guest to join the table during the Last Supper.

It is Friday, the 13th, and according to Reader's Digest, the history to why the date is so scary is rooted in religion and mythology.

There are a number of theories about the origins of Friday 13th and its association with all things unlucky.

As if we are not scared enough, the classic 1980 'Friday The 13th' film lingers in our minds.

When is the next Friday the 13th?

The superstitious on Wearside go to great lengths on what's considered an ill-fated - Friday the 13th. The popular novel is still getting reprinted. Do you believe in these superstitions and fear surrounding Friday the 13th? So much so that many high-rise buildings, hotels, and hospitals skip the 13th floor and many airports do not have gates numbered 13.

Other people say superstition about the day began when King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of hundreds of powerful Knights Templar on Friday 13, 1307.

The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: "triskaidekaphobia"; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greekwords Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen"). He was also the person who caused Jesus' crucifixion, which was held on a Friday.

Researchers at the University of Miami have established that Friday the 13th has an effect on stock markets around the world.

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