Where Did the ‘Friday the 13th’ Superstition Originate?

- Advertisement -

Friday the 13th is a day that many people consider to be unlucky. But where did this superstition come from?

One theory is that the fear of Friday the 13th can be traced back to ancient civilizations. The number 13 has long been considered unlucky in many cultures, with the ancient Egyptians and Norse mythology both having a negative association with the number. In Norse mythology, for example, it was believed that the 13th guest at a dinner party would be the death bringer.

In recent history, the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th has been perpetuated by popular culture. The Friday the 13th horror movie franchise, which began in 1980, has helped to solidify the day’s association with bad luck and fear.

Did you know that there’s a specific phobia of Friday the 13th? It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia, but it is not a widely spread phobia and the majority of people don’t suffer from it.

- Advertisement -

The origins of the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th can be traced back to ancient civilizations and religious beliefs. While the fear of Friday the 13th may have some roots in reality, it is largely perpetuated by popular culture.


“The History of Friday the 13th” by Kristin Hunt, Mental Floss, May 11, 2017

“Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?” by Rachel Hosie, The Independent, April 13, 2017

“The Origins of Friday the 13th Superstitions” by Sarah Pruitt, History.com, September 13, 2019

“Friday the 13th: The Origins of the Day’s Infamous Reputation” by Natalie Zarrelli, Live Science, September 13, 2018.

“Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Understanding the Fear of Friday the 13th” by Helen Odessky, Psychology Today, May 13, 2019

“Friday the 13th Phobia: Understanding Friggatriskaidekaphobia” by John M. Grohol, Psych Central, March 13, 2019

- Advertisement -
Editorial Staff
Our Editorial Staff at St. Lucia Times is a team publishing news and other articles to over 200,000 regular monthly readers in Saint Lucia and in over 150 other countries worldwide.


  1. It began on Friday October 13, 1307 when King Philip IV of France began the dismantling of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon—aka the Knights Templar.

  2. You also have to understand anything with the connation of 13 and black is consider negative… when the look at the economic earning the ecommerce entities rake in billions and the habit continues. just put into contact when someone want to demoralized a nation or person the used the term black/dark but do you ever look at the realistic factor … how many black/dark clothes make business propelled


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Send this to a friend