BRACE yourself, because today is Friday the 13th which many consider to be the unluckiest day in the calendar.
But what things should you avoid doing today and what can happen if you do them?
Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?Considering Friday the 13th as unlucky dates back for hundreds of years, with the tradition said to have begun in the Middle Ages or even Biblical times.
Some say the superstition arose from Jesus’ last supper, where is it thought there were 13 people present on the night before his death – which occurred on a Friday.
Thanks to a string of events that have occurred on this day, many feel it is jinxed and pay particular care to avoid catastrophe when it comes around.
The fear is so widespread that psychologists have even come up with a word for those who suffer from it: paraskavedekatriaphobia.
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Do hotels skip a 13th floor?Many hotels avoid the 13th floor, reserving it for storage and maintenance or skipping it entirely,due to many people’s morbid fear of the number 13.
These include the Carlton Hotel in London, which skips from floor 12 to 14.
Some planes will also not have a row 13.
When is the next Friday the 13th?Approximately 20 Friday the 13ths occur every decade.
In 2018, date is appearing in April and July – you have been warned...
What are you superstitious about? We would love to know!