No one knows for sure why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky but the most widely accepted explanation is based on Christianity.
The number 13 represents Judas Iscariot, who was the 13th person to arrive at the Last Supper. The Last Supper was the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion, according to the Gospel. According to the New Testament, Judas was one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus and the son of Simon Iscariot. Judas is known for the kiss and betrayal of Jesus for 30 silver coins. His name is often used synonymously with treason and betrayal.
- Triskaidekaphobia is fear or avoidance of the number 13. It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.
- Dubbed hangman’s day, many public executions occurred on Fridays during the Middle Ages. Reportedly, criminals would have to walk 13 steps up the gallows before meeting their fate.
- Telegraph.co.uk – Friday the 13th: why do we fear it and how unlucky is it really
- HowStuffWorks.com – Friday the 13th: why do we fear it and how unlucky is it
- Newsweek.com – FRIDAY THE 13TH FACTS AND HISTORY: WHY IS THE SUPERSTITIOUS DATE SO SCARY?