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Jan Harris
Assistant Editor
12:01 AM 13th December 2019

Friday The 13th - Lucky Or Unlucky!

A Friday falling on the 13th of the month happens at least once a year but can happen up to three times in one year.

In 2019 we will have two Friday the 13ths as after 13 September the next one will be on 13 December.

Friday the 13th happens in a month that starts with a Sunday.

Many people believe that FRIDAY 13TH is unlucky because Judas in the Bible who betrayed Jesus is thought to be the 13th guest to sit down at the Last Supper and Jesus was crucified on a Friday.

The number 13 is considered unlucky by people who are superstitious. You will often find there is never a room 13 in hotels and lots of buildings don’t have a 13th floor. Most people avoid getting married on the 13th or even buy a house or make decisions on the 13th. It is also considered unlucky to have thirteen guests at a table.

In comparison Chinese people consider the number 13 to be lucky. It is also an extremely lucky number in Italy especially with regard to gambling.

Facts about the number 13

In Greek mythology, Zeus was the thirteenth and the most powerful god
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th
There are approximately 13 cycles of the moon each year
There are 13 cards in each suit in a standard deck of playing cards
The four seasons each have 13 weeks
Children become teenagers at age 13
Aluminum has an atomic number of 13
Apollo 13 had a successful landing on the moon and return to earth, despite an onboard explosion

Are black cats lucky or unlucky?

The poor black cat seems to get bad press as for centuries it has been regarded by lots of people as being unlucky. Black cats are often associated with Halloween, witches and all things spooky. But in Ancient Egypt all cats including black ones were worshipped and considered sacred.

When a black cat crosses your path, do you cross yourself or count your blessings? This will depend on whether you are superstitious, or whether you're a cat lover or not.

Some common superstitions in the UK

Breaking a mirror
Walking under a ladder
Throwing salt over your shoulder after spilling it
Putting new shoes on the table
Opening an umbrella indoors
Crossing your fingers
Letting a black cat cross your path
Avoiding the number 13
Knock on wood
Bad luck comes in threes

How often does the 13th day of a month fall on a Friday?

Next year in 2020 there will be two Friday the 13ths followed by only one in 2021 and only one again in the year 2022.

13 March 2020
13 November 2020
13 August 2021
13 May 2022