I am not sure if this is a day you would actually consider a holiday or not but it is on the list. This year, 2017, we will have two Friday the 13th’s, one today and the other in October. There are many people who fear the 13th, or anything to do with the number 13. This is called Triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13.
Ships Captains are said to never sail with 12 sailors as with the addition of the Captain that makes a 13 man crew (or woman as it may be). Most skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor. And many people will not set a 13th place setting at a table, preferring to set up another table to avoid putting 13 at one table.
The one possible human (or sort of human anyway) that enjoys Friday the 13th, would be Jason. It’s the one day of the year that he gets to come out of his shell and be the best he can be. Although, in the end, he generally has the same ending and is gone by Saturday the 14th. His producers enjoy many, many other days, as the cash continues to roll in!
Some theories say that it was a Friday the 13th when Cain killed Abel, but since there were no calendars back then, it’s hard to say if it was the 13th or not. I am sure it was a bad day for Abel no matter what day of the month it was.
We do know, however, that the Babylonian Code of Hammurah in 1,700 B.C. omitted the number 13, which is maybe where the first 13th floor was averted in their tower. And we all know that didn’t work out so well.
How to celebrate – Sleep in on the 13th, at least until it becomes the 14th. Avoid anything risky today (which might be good advice for any day). Avoid ladders and black cats today. Watch Friday the 13th as you hide under many blankets.