Friday the 13th & Superstitions Around the World

It’s Friday the 13th! Unlucky? Scary? Well I don’t think so, but I’m probably a little biased. I was born on the 13th and that day just happened to be a Friday. So for me, Friday the 13th has always been associated with happiness and luck. I don’t buy into all the hype about unlucky number 13! I even play it in the lottery sometimes, although it didn’t help me out a few weeks ago during that astronomical Mega Millions jackpot, much to my dismay.

If the thought of Friday the 13th frightens you beyond belief, then you havefriggatriskaidekaphobia and should get to a doctor soon…just kidding! In case you were curious, this word comes from combining Frigga – the Norse goddess named for Friday, with triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number thirteen.

If you aren’t too frightened and are still reading this, continue on because I’ve collected a few interesting facts about other fears and superstitions around the world.

In Italy, Friday the 17th is considered a day of bad luck, 13 in Italy is typically considered a lucky number.

Tuesday the 13th or martes trece is the day of bad luck in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

Pearls are often worn by brides in American weddings. But a Mexican bride would not dare wear pearls on her wedding day, doing so would surely be the cause of bad luck and tears throughout the marriage.

Ladies, this one’s for you – if  you’re traveling to Poland, keep your purse off the floor! It is very bad luck. You will lose money and be broke!

Bolivians never put their shoes on the table, it’s an unlucky gesture that will lead to poverty. Hmm how about don’t put your shoes on the table because it’s gross!

In Hungary flowers are given in odd numbers to those still breathing – even numbered bouquets are reserved for corpses.

Many buildings in Japan do not have a fourth floor. This is because four is an extremely unlucky number in Japan as well as China and Korea. That’s because the work for four is so similar to the word for death.

If you’re a Ukrainian woman and are not yet married, whatever you do, do not sit at the corner of the a table. If you do, you won’t be married for seven years.

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.