As superstitions go, Friday the 13th is a relatively new one. There is no written evidence for it before the 19th century. It became a common superstition in the 20th century. There is a name for the fear of Friday the 13th. It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia from the Greek words Paraskevi, meaning “Friday”, and dekatreis, meaning “thirteen”.
Hollywood went a little nuts with that title for twelve of the most scary slasher films ever made. Why not thirteen (you know me, I would have made sure there were thirteen of them for the sake of irony). There was also a TV show, novels, comic books and franchise merchandise that focused on the fictional character Jason Voorhees. He drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to negligence on the part of the camp staff. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be “cursed” and is the setting for a series of mass murders. The films grossed over $465 million at the box-office worldwide.
I’ll tell ya, I remember seeing Jason’s hockey mask at Halloween all over the place shortly after the first movie was shown at the theatre. The movies are now shown on TV almost every Halloween. I’m surprised that the films were not popular with critics because the public sure did like them.
Do I watch them on Halloween? Um… no. Do I read Stephen King novels??? Negative. I’ve tried to make it through the movie Christine several times – but I haven’t yet. I really can’t sit through a horror film very well – or very long.
Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit. – R.E. Shay
My dad was so superstitious! Ugh – even when he visited my house I got in trouble when my broom accidentally fell to the floor in the closet. Seriously???
So even though I know what the superstitions are, I will not live my life in fear of them. I won’t assume that if a bird flies into my house, there will be a death in my family. I will not think something bad will happen if I leave the rocking chair rocking after I get up.
I’m holding on to my faith in Christ today just like I do every day. God wants only good things for His children and He will provide everything I need to be the person He wants me to be. I pray that you too will be happy and confident in the Lord.
I will not believe bad things will happen today just because it is the thirteenth day of the month and it happens to fall on a Friday. Hey… it’s FRIDAY, right??? That is a good thing!!! 🙂