Today is both Good Friday and Friday the 13th
April 12, 2001
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS For more than 2,000 years, Christians have been celebrating Good Friday, today, as the day Jesus Christ died for the redemption of sinners.
But this Good Friday may bring fear, anxiety and dismay to many who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobics the fear of Friday the 13th.
The superstitions weren’t always that bad, according to urbanlegends.miningco.com.
The Egyptians and Chinese were praising the number 13 because of its connection with the afterlife.
These cultures believed that there are 12 stages in life, the 13th being the afterlife.
But over the course of time Friday the 13th, especially the number 13 has taken on more ominous tones.
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Many buildings do not have a 13th floor, and many cities not have a 13th Streets or 13th Avenue.
Legend has it that if 13 people are sitting down for dinner, all will die within the year.
Also, 13 letters in one’s name may mean sharing the “devil’s luck” with many serial killers, such as Jack the Ripper, Theodore Bundy, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Albert de Salvo.
And, speaking of murderers, Jason Vorhees, the marauder behind the ski mask, has become another symbol of Friday the 13th.
But, according to Schroeder, holding suspicions over the 13th day of the month that happens to fall on a Friday is “just a waste of time.” (Kelly Silva is a reporter from the Steamboat Springs Pilot/Today.)