April 12, 2018 | Heather Lynch
Thanks to a string of events that have occurred on Friday the 13th, many feel it is cursed and pay particular care to avoid 'jinxed' things when it comes around.  

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.

What are the top superstitions in America?

  • Avoid walking under a ladder
  • Touching wood
  • Blessing someone when they've sneezed
  • Crossing your fingers
  • Picking up a penny
  • Breaking a wishbone and making a wish
  • Throwing salt over your shoulder because you spilled it
  • Avoiding opening an umbrella inside
  • Avoiding putting new shoes on the table
  • Avoiding telling anyone your birthday wish when blowing out your candles
  • Avoiding passing someone on the stairs
  • Ensuring you have 'something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, borrowed, something blue on yours or a friend's wedding day
  • Worrying about Friday 13th approaching
  • Avoiding the number 13
  • Avoiding walking over three drains
  • Avoiding the number 666
  • Avoiding seeing the bride in their wedding dress before their wedding day
  • Avoiding walking over a crack
  • Avoiding eating cheese before bed
  • Avoiding letting a black cat cross your path
  • Having your husband carry you over the threshold of your new home
  • Avoiding stepping on a grate
  • Carrying a 'lucky rabbit's foot' around with you
  • Bad luck comes in threes
  • Knocking on wood
  • Crossing your fingers
  • Beginner's Luck

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!

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