2013 Wedding Date Superstition
There seems to be a lot of talk regarding superstition and 2013 weddings.
Some brides-to-be are considering 2013 to be an unlucky year to get married and are literally putting their wedding off a whole year just to avoid the date! Is this an old fashioned superstition? Why is 13 so unlucky? Funk Conspiracy North East wedding band give you a factual guide to a 2013 wedding – will you believe the superstition or not?!
Why is the number 13 supposed to be unlucky?
We looked for the origins of why the number 13 is considered unlucky. We did not find any factual accounts of where this superstition came from. The number 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in some countries but not all, and in fact, for many countries and cultures it is a lucky number!
In the UK, unlucky number 13 seems to stem from the belief in Christianity. At Jesus’ last supper, there were thirteen people round the table, these were Christ himself, and his twelve apostles. Funk Conspiracy’s research cannot conclude exactly why having 13 people round a table is unlucky, although this has long been considered unlucky in British culture.
Coming from a scientific angle – the fear of the number 13 is a recognized condition called ‘Triskaidekaphobia.’ This word was coined in 1911. Sufferers of triskaidekaphobia avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labelled thirteen. As a result, companies and manufacturers use alternative ways to avoid the number, with many discounting the number altogether. Hotels and tall buildings never have a 13th floor, there is not a house in the UK that has a door number of 13.
Friday the 13th superstition
Friday the 13th is considered the unluckiest day of the month. According to folklore, there is no written evidence for a Friday the 13th superstition before the 19th century. Modern theory suggests it is an amalgamation of two older superstitions: that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. (Funk Conspiracy could not find any concrete evidence as to why Friday was considered an unlucky day.)
It seems that there are a number of theories behind the association between thirteen and bad luck, but none of them have been accepted as likely in modern day society.
13 as a lucky number?
The number 13, especially Friday the 13th, has long been considered lucky in Judaism, because it signifies the age at which one matures and celebrates Bar Mitzvah, (a full member of the Jewish faith.)
Some people think that the general fear of ‘13’ could stem from anti-semitism. Judaism is not the only culture that considers 13 lucky – it is lucky in America as the American flag has 13 stripes in honor of the first 13 colonies.
Many sportspeople wear Number 13 shirts as their kit as it is considered lucky in sport.
There are countless references to tales of 13 being lucky and unlucky. If we think about this sensibly, we could look at it from a different angle altogether: Our Gregorian calendar is based on 13 lunar cycles, this is hard fact.
Many companies payday’s operate on a lunar cycle (when we get paid every 28 days as opposed to once a month, hence getting paid 13 times a year instead of 12.) A woman’s menstrual cycle operates on a lunar cycle, the tide… the list could go on. This gives rise to the fact that it is just a number, and if we are going to look for any significance of the number 13 – we should look to the moon!!
Written by Navella Caretto.