Why is Friday 13th considered to be so unlucky?


"We appreciate it's only a small representation of the total homemoving market on these notable days but it's interesting nonetheless to see borrowers seemingly reject the superstition that it could be unlucky to complete such a big event as moving house on Friday 13th".

Friday the 13th is a date that strikes fear into the hearts of the superstitious and one many avoid for booking a wedding or holding a party.

According to the Bible, there were 13 people who attended the Last Supper, and the final arrival, Judas, betrayed Jesus, Reader's Digest wrote.

Anecdotally, it's cheaper to fly on Friday the 13; and insurance companies report LESS accidents as people tend to be more careful.

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A suggested origin of the superstition-Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar-may not have been formulated until the 20th century.

"In fact, the nation is taking so much care on the luckless date that claims actually fall".

But why do people feel this day is unlucky?

Homes are especially risky on a Monday 27th, the AA found, with a third (33%) of claims being for accidental damage and almost a fifth (18%) for "escape of water". And this is not the only Friday, the 13th this year.

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The fear of the number 13 is not universal, four is bad luck in China because of a similar pronunciation to the word death while 17 is the unlucky number in Italy. Kelsey Zachow, a 24- year-old mother from Port Huron claimed her Mega Millions prize of over €50,000,000 with her ticket she bought on Friday 13th June 2014. Several high-rise buildings do not have a floor numbered 13th or the entire floor is kept vacant. Mega Millions seems to be a commonly won jackpot on Friday 13th, so why not try your luck there? Hospitals have been known to skip room 13 as well.

Despite all of these, Italians regard this day as a lucky day and are filled with dread on Friday the 17th. However, some countries like Kenya - do act on superstitions around the number 13.

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