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Why is 13 an Unlucky Number?

What do you think about unlucky objects/numbers? Do you believe in superstitions?

Hi everyone,

Since Friday 13th has just passed by last week, I thought it would be a good time to explore why 13 is considered an unlucky number in many countries.

In Italy, it is thought to bring good luck but in many other countries and cultures it is considered bad luck!

On the calendar, when the 13th falls on a Friday this day is especially unlucky. Friday 13th will occur just twice in 2017, and luckily for us, the first day has already passed!

Here are some fun facts about the number 13

12 the perfect number?

Twelve is considered a perfect number. It has historically been associated with ‘completeness’; 12 months of the year, 12 hours on the clock, and the 12 Greek Gods of Olympus etc. You could say that 13 just got unlucky to come after 12!

12……14. Where is 13?

Because of its bad associations, many cities don’t have a 13th Street, many skyscrapers or hotels don’t have a 13th floor, some hospitals avoid having a room 13, and many airports will not have a gate 13!

Friday 13th & Christianity

Our fear of Friday 13th could have come from Christianity:

Friday: Jesus was crucified on a Friday and since then, the day has been associated with general bad luck. For example, in the Middle ages Weddings were never held on Fridays, nor did anyone begin a journey on a Friday.

13: Thirteen guests attended the Last Supper, which was held the night before Jesus died. Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, is believed to have been the 13th guest.

What do you think? Do you believe in superstitions?

Hi everyone,

I'm Rebecca, and Australian living in Rome. I love art, history, food, and creative writing! I am blogging for Creative English in the hope to combine all these passions and share them with you all. Happy reading!

REBECCA ALLISON

Creative English Teacher