Did you know that it’s Tuesday 13th  not Friday that is considered scary or bad luck in Spanish –speaking countries.  Here’s why:

“Ni te cases ni te embarques ni de tu casa de apartes”, the old saying recommends (“Don’t marry, don’t set sail and don’t go far from home”).

But why is Tuesday 13th the dreaded day? There are many reasons. Here are some of them:

  1.  In Christian belief, Jesus had 12 apolstles but some consider Judas to be apostle 13. When he sold Jesus for coin he went down the road of infamy along with the number 13.

2.  There are 13 evil spirits listed in the Kabbalah and in Scandinavian mythology

3.  In the Christian Bible book of Relevations, chapter 13 is dedicated to the antichrist and the beast.

4.  The fall of Constantinople to the fourth crusade occurred on Tuesday April 13th, 1204

5.  In the Tarot, 13 is the number of death and eternal misery.

6. The case for evil Tuesday seems to be rooted in the second fall of Constantinople, this to the Ottamans, which also happened on a Tuesday (May 29th 1453) and had a huge impact on the Christian world.

7.  The word ‘Martes’ is derived from the Spanish word for the planet Mars ‘Marte’ which in the middle ages was known as ‘the little evil’ Furthermore, Mars is also the god of war, so it was believed that Tuesday was ruled by Mars’ destruction, blood and violence,

8.  Finally, legend has it that the confusion of tongues at the tower of Babel happened on a Tuesday the 13th.

The question remains: why do some consider the evil day to be Friday? The concensus is largely associated to Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified.  Others say the superstition may stem from Chaucer’s The Cantebury Tales, published in the 14th Century, where Friday is considered a day of misfortune.



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