the 13th: Day of bad luck and misfortune in Greece

What if the whole Western superstition world considers Friday the 13th as an unlucky day? For Greeks, the days of bad luck and misfortune is Tuesday the 13th!

For Greeks, Tuesday is generally an unlucky day as the day is supposed to be dominated by the influence of Ares, the god of war (Mars in Roman mythology).

And if the ancient Greek world was perfectly balanced with 12 gods on the Olympus, why should number 13 appear somewhere, anyway?The 12 Ancient Greek gods, Hercules’ 12 Labors, and later, in Christian times the 12 Apostles and the 12 Gospels.

The number 12 is perfect and can be perfectly divided in its components. But 13? Divided by 2? 6.5? What is this?

They have several good reasons to consider Tuesday as a day that should be avoided and deleted from calendar if that would be possible.

The fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204, and the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans happened on Tuesday, 29 May 1453. The sum of the cursed year Greeks lost their Byzantine Empire is 1+4+5+3 = 13.

These are crucial events that strengthen the Greek superstition about Tuesday.

In addition, in Greek the name of the day is Triti (Τρίτη) meaning the third (day of the week), adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck is said to “come in threes”.

Tuesday the 13th occurs in a month that begins on a Thursday.

The irrational fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia” the fear of the number dekatreís (meaning “thirteen”).

Unfortunately, I cannot tell you when the Greeks adopted Tuesday the !3th or if they ever had Friday the q3th. Bad Luck. Blame the day, Tuesday, August 13th, 2019.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The superstition surrounding Friday the 13th may have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.

Jesus Christ was the 13th person on the table and a very unfortunate one.

While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

You didn’t happen to be born on a Tuesday, the 13th, did you?

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