Friday the 13th Superstitions
Friday the 13th. Need we say more? A day that is shrouded in mystery and superstition.
Superstition - a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief.
The definition of Superstition itself suggests that the very idea of superstitious beliefs is incredulous. To dictate your life on an old wife’s tales is rather extreme, but there are some superstitions that we can’t help but follow - traditions and unspoken rules that go against rational thought.
But why is Friday 13th considered unlucky?
The truth is, we are not entirely sure why this day is considered bad, but there are some theories…
The Number 13 Superstitions
The number 13 is considered a rather unlucky number. So much so that a lot of hotels miss out the number 13 when numbering their rooms – the same with most streets. Again, this is thought to stem from Christianity, where the 13th guest at Jesus’ last supper was Judas – the one that betrayed him.
Friday is an Unlucky Day?
Perhaps due to Geoffrey Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales dictates, ‘and on a Friday fell all this mischance.’ Or maybe because Friday was known as hangman’s day for criminals. And yet, this holds very little truth in our culture today, as many of us can’t wait for Friday – the day before the weekend.
So, the combination of the two means bad news!
But, Superstitious or not, we can’t avoid Friday the 13th, we just may act a little more cautious.
So, if you have the sudden urge to go sky diving, bungee jumping, or swimming with sharks, we suggest that maybe you avoid doing it today - or any other Friday the 13th.
So this had us thinking, what other kind of superstitions do people follow in their lives.
The Three Drains
How many of us skip a third drain, or avoid them altogether?
There is no rational connection between stepping on three drains, and some unfortunate circumstances, and yet so many of us deliberately miss three drains. Because no one needs to tempt fate, right?
Salt in the Devil’s Face
Have you ever knocked over a pot of salt? And have you then proceeded to throw some over your left shoulder?
This superstition derives from religion, where Judas betrayed Jesus Christ, and likened his lies to salt. And so, we throw the salt over the left shoulder to blind the devil, who is waiting to sin.
New shoes on the tables
If you have ever seen Willy Russel’s Blood Brothers, you will know why we don’t put new shows on the table! And if you haven’t, we highly recommend watching it.
There is a superstitious belief that placing your new shoes on the table can lead to very bad luck. And again, despite the irrationality of this belief, we certainly won’t be testing it out any time soon.
The Twelfth Night Superstition
“On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords-a-leaping…” and so on and so forth.
The song represents the 12 days following Christmas – outlining the period in which we can continue to celebrate the festive season. It is believed that on the twelfth day (either the 5th or 6th depending on how you count it) decorations must come down to avoid bad luck.
Wish on an eyelash
We have all seen the cheesy movie seen in which the love interest takes the eyelash off the protagonist’s cheek and asks them to make a wish and blow.
But how many of us actually do this in real life? Do you send your wishes off into the wind?
We have all had those moments in our lives where we have really wanted, or needed, something. This could be a good grade in an exam, a medical result, a win, or that dream job.
Whether it’s a lucky pair of underwear/socks, a family heirloom or a small ritual, we can sometimes place our faith in superstition to help with the process.
Pennies in a Fountain
Have you ever made a wish on a penny and thrown it into the flowing waters of a fountain? Perhaps there is no credibility to this tradition, but it can’t hurt to try. Perhaps our wishes will come true?
So that leaves us with our final question. Is there a ritual you must follow before an interview to bring you the best luck possible? Do you wear something, or wish on your eyelashes?
Either way, we are here to help you throughout the recruitment process - so there will be no need for those lucky socks after all!