Sad Day Superstitions, Is Tuesday the 13th Really Unlucky?

When it comes to bad luck, there are many superstitions in Western culture about Friday the 13th, but also about Tuesday the 13th. Like crossing a black cat and breaking a mirror, the notion of a day that can bring misfortune is deeply embedded – even if those who believe cannot quite explain why.

While Friday the 13th may seem like a rare phenomenon, the Gregorian calendar means that the 13th of any month is slightly more likely to fall on a Friday than any other day of the week. However, it is not a universal superstition: in Greece and Spanish countries, it is Tuesday the 13th that is considered a bad day, while in Italy it is Friday the 17th that is faced with fear.

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In his book The Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, Charles Panati traces the concept of the cursed back to Norse mythology, when Loki, the god of mischief, crashed a banquet in Valhalla, bringing the number of gods present to 13. Tricked by Loki, the blind god Hodr was tricked into shooting his brother Balder, the god of light, joy and goodness, with an arrow, killing him on the spot.

Tuesday the 13th is known in Spain as Martes Trece and if you live there, everyone will advise you on the dos and don'ts. It is the same as Black Friday (Friday the 13th) and the day when bad luck follows you everywhere.
"Unlucky day" is the day that everyone believes that you should be careful about what you do, because anything can happen to you. Some traditional beliefs about this bad day in Mexico advise to beware of the black cat crossing your path, opening a tent inside the house and breaking a mirror … some universal things — which are believed to bring bad luck in the whole globe.

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In Spain, many people think that on this Tuesday - known especially in Latin America, you should neither get married nor go on the road, which means you should stay at home, because bad luck follows you.
For many reasons, 13 is considered an unlucky number even when it falls on a Friday, but also when it falls on a Tuesday. In many parts of the world, many buildings don't have the 13th floor marked... so it's assumed you went to the 14th floor after the 12th. In Mexico, hotels have neither rooms nor buildings with a 13th floor.

Friday is probably considered an unlucky day because Christ was crucified on Friday, while Tuesday is even more "dangerous" in some countries. According to some theories, Tuesday is associated with Mars, the Roman god of war. In many European languages ​​of Latin origin, Tuesday is named after Mars. In Spanish, for example, Tuesday is an evolution of the word Mars.

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Another theory claims that Tuesday is an unlucky day, due to the fall of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade on April 13, 1204, a Tuesday. The Ottoman army conquered Constantinople on a Tuesday, May 29, 1453.
According to historical facts, for people who lived at that time, Tuesday was considered the end of the world because of a bloody war that left thousands of people dead. This is also the reason why it is advised that on Tuesday, when the date marks the 13th, you should not travel.

The fear of the number 13 is also known as Triskaidekaphobia. The fact that 13 is an unlucky number is also explained by the fact that at this age begins the most difficult period of life, adolescence.

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