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Friday the 13th

Many people in Germany and in the world believe in the good or bad luck of Friday the 13th.
Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.

It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. But in general there are two superstitions: Either Friday is an unlucky day and the number thirteen is an unlucky number.
No one has been able to document the existence of such beliefs prior to the 19th century. If people who lived before the late 1800s perceived Friday the 13th as a day of special misfortune, no evidence has been found to prove it. As a result, some researchers are now convinced the stigma is a thoroughly modern phenomenon compound by 20th-century media hype. Going back a hundred years, Friday the 13th doesn’t even merit a mention in Germany. Cobham Brewer’s voluminous 1898 edition of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, one does find entries for “Friday, an Unlucky Day” and “Thirteen, Unlucky.”
Friday the 13th is a date which is used a lot by the film industries. They use the date for shooting new Horror Movies. They also use this date for publishing new books or the movies so that people are getting even more fascinated by the whole story behind it.


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