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by Julie Kempson, Sep 2019

This Friday is the 13th, a day considered by most in the UK to be the unluckiest day in any year, when people always think something bad is going to happen.

The number 13 has long been considered an unlucky number and when coupled with Friday (considered to be the unluckiest day of the week) the combination of the two makes it the day feared most by many to bring them bad luck.


Number 13’s bad luck comes from the Bible, when Judas, who betrayed Jesus, is thought to have been the 13th guest to sit down to the last supper.   Today, many consider it unlucky to have 13 people sat around a dinner table and often pop a teddy bear in a 14th seat to avoid this.   

Superstition surrounding the number 13 will often see no 13th floor in a hotel or room number 13 and indeed on some airlines there is not even a row 13.


For hundreds of years, Friday has been known as the unluckiest day of the week, and in Britain was once known as Hangman’s Day because it was usually the day that those condemned to death would be hanged.

However if you were born on Good Friday, you are thought to be very lucky!   Many years ago sailors would begin a long journey on Good Friday – being notoriously superstitious – they felt the holy connections to Good Friday would mean they would have a safe voyage.


Friday 13th will occur at least once every year but can occur up to 3 times in the same year.

In 2017 it occurred twice, in January and October

In 2018 it also occurred twice, in April and July

There will be 2 Friday 13th’s every year until 2020.

2021 and 2022 will only have one Friday 13th in each year

Friday 13th’s occur in months that begin on a Sunday

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the word to describe the fear of Friday 13th.