For those who suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th, today, and every Friday the 13th, can be downright traumatic. Living a normal life can be difficult for some people, who choose to stay inside on this particular day, with the curtains drawn, covered under a mountain of blankets, until Saturday the 14th, when life can once again become semi-normal.
Reading several articles about the origination of this day has led me to the conclusion that no one really knows why Friday the 13th is considered taboo.
References to Friday the 13th date back to Medieval times; however, some believe the idea was inspired by the Bible. According to newsweek.com, at the Last Supper, Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th person at the table. Also, Jesus was said to have died on Good Friday, which has caused Christians to become superstitious about that day of the week.
Other historical references, along with American ghost stories and folk lore, have solidified this day as superstitious. In contrast, Italians consider 13 to be a lucky number and Friday 17th to be an unlucky day.
There is some good news for Friggatriskaidekaphobia sufferers; there can never be more than three Friday the 13th's in a given year, and we only have to deal with one more this year. The next Friday the 13th is in December.