Three Theories for How Friday the 13th Superstitions Started

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Happy Friday the 13th. It’s a celebration for some, while for others, it’s a day to watch their backs. But, how did the superstitious traditions get started?

The reigning theory about the superstition goes back to the Bible during the time of Jesus and the Last Supper. There were 13 attendees, including Christ’s betrayer, Judas Iscariot.

There’s also the claim that France’s King Philip IV arrested the members of Knights Templar en mass on Friday, October 13, in the year 1307. Those knights were eventually executed.

In more recent times, attribution has been given to a 1907 novel titled Friday The Thirteenth, in which a Wall Street broker takes advantage of superstitions to create a market panic on the day.

Do you act differently on Friday the 13th to avoid bad luck? What do you do?

By: Buck Stevens