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Friday the 13th

It’s Friday, finally! Oh, no, but it’s the 13th… Are you still enjoying Friday night or are you staying home because of any superstition? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. In fact, the fear of this particular day became so common that it has got its own name: paraskavedekatriaphobia. Let’s find out why it is so spine-chilling and how you can make the most of this day.

The first mention can be found in the Middle Ages and it is believed to have biblical origins. Some theologists think that it was the day when Eve bit the apple in paradise and when the Great flood began. Moreover, the number is unlucky itself - do you remember what happened when there were 13 people present during Jesus’s last dinner? The superstition about the thirteenth uninvited guest who brings bad luck to the house is probably based here as well.

There are also many plays, books, movies and even computer games with this topic. A very popular novel written in 1907 by Thomas Lawson actually played a major role in spreading the superstition. In 1980, the successful horror film ‘Friday the 13th’ premiered and it was followed by its endless sequels with serial killer Jason Vorhees in Camp Crystal Lake. This year, they have released a multiplayer game (Friday the 13th: The Game) where you can choose if you want to be the killer or the victim.

Let’s now leave the fear aside and look at the benefits. Some people, when seeing this date in the calendar, would rather not leave their houses. Thanks to them not only can we enjoy light traffic, but also cheaper air fares! The same goes for marriages and other ceremonies, on this day it will definitely be easier to get a discount. Surprisingly, bank transactions on this day can sometimes be 50 percent lower than normally and, therefore, cash flow is more smooth.

What about you? How do you feel about Friday the 13th? Do you belong to the superstitious group or is it a lucky day to get discounts? In either case, we hope you have a great Friday (the 13th)!
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