Friday the 13th origins stem from middle ages

Dejah Travis, Videographer

The date that has inspired movies, novels, and TV shows, the date rooted in superstition: Friday the 13th.

No matter if the day falls in October, April, or November, it is considered extremely unlucky; however, October is already a spooky month with Halloween, so some people find Friday the 13th in that month particularly eerie.

When Friday the 13th approaches, people tend to avoid scheduling important events such as meetings, weddings and vacations on this day to prevent anything bad from happening.

“I tend to make sure I’m extra careful on that day, not taking any risks!” senior, Mariah Bourgouis said.

Although many people act on it, not many know where this idea of Friday the 13th being so unlucky came from.

According to the Bible, 13 guests attended the Last supper: Jesus and his 12 apostles. The following day was “Good Friday”- the day Jesus was crucified. These instances caused the long lasting Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was bad omen- that it was foreshadowing death, according to

Other historians say that Friday was the day that Eve gave Adam the fateful apple from the tree of knowledge, as well as the day Cane killed Abel. These are just a few reasons Friday the 13th is considered unlucky.

According to, some feel 13 is unlucky because it is a little beyond 12, which represents completeness. For example: 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and Zodiac signs and a dozen just to name a few. The number is so feared that there is even a scientific name for it, “triskaidekaphobia”, and the fear specifically of Friday the 13th is called “paraskevidekatriaphobia”.

Although nothing specific has been proven, certain events have led credibility to the superstition, such as the stock market crash on Friday the 13th, and public executions being held on Fridays in the Middle Ages, according to

Also stemming from the middle ages is the mysterious black cat. When one sees a black cat, bad luck is predicted to occur. According to, the Europeans believed black cats were sent from the devil to assist witches in their evil deeds, and that they were foreshadowing death.

Not all people believe in the bad luck of Friday the 13th and superstitions.

“I usually don’t think anything of Friday the 13th, and it’s just another day to me,” senior, Jaclyn Thomaston said.

Local New Yorker and Veteran, Captain William Fowler, sought to get rid of the day’s bad connotation.

He created the exclusive society entitled “The Thirteenth Club”. They dined regularly on the 13th day of the month, in room 13 of Knickerbocker Cottage. Their dinner included a 13-course meal and 13 guests attended.

They wanted to show others that the day wasn’t as unlucky as it seemed. Some students feel the same as Captain Fowler.

“It’s just in your head. You should just trust the process – know that everything is going to be ok, and not let it mess up your day,” sophomore Quin Dickerson said.