Each country, largely influenced by culture and religion, believe in folktales and legends.  Traditional stories are orally passed on from generation to generation by the elders.  Consequently, customs are shaped and superstitions handed on.  This is one of the factors which differentiate a country from the other.

When is the Unlucky Day in 2017?

Unlucky Days in 2017 is observed  two times: January 13, 2017 and October 13, 2017.

Unlucky Day occurs whenever the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday.

Origin of the Unlucky Day:

Depending on a country’s culture, any day may be considered an Unlucky Day.  A day may be labelled as such depending on historical events and urban legends.  Some countries consider the last day of the year, December 31, as an Unlucky Day.  There is no chronicled reason or history for this though.  The Unlucky Day is observed worldwide but dates and day vary depending on the country.

The popular worldwide Unlucky Day is Friday the 13th.  It has become so notorious that the fear for that day is called friggatriskaidekaphobia – the fear for Friday the 13th.  This belief is attributed to the Catholic belief that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday.  On His death, it is believed that Satan reigns.  In the Last Supper, Judas Iscariot, the apostle who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, was the 13th guest.

How is the Unlucky Day observed?

Whenever the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, people of each country react differently depending on their beliefs and practices.  Extra care and preventive measures are done.  To prevent accidents from happening, people would stay home even if it means being absent from work or school.  No swimming or travelling is done on unlucky days.  Even weddings are never scheduled on a Friday the 13th!

To lessen the bad effects brought by the day’s unluckiness, amulets and talismans are used.  In Chinese culture, charms and colour of clothing provide protection.  The use of Christmas lights throughout the holiday season is believed to shoo away bad luck.  Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day is known to bring good luck.  Anything which is believed to bring good fortune is used on this day.  On the other hand, certain practices or objects believed to bring bad luck is avoided.

Other Unlucky Days:

The Day Cain killed Abel is also thought to be an Unlucky Day.  So is December 28 of each year.  December 28 is known as the Holy Innocents Day or Childermas.  This is the day when King Herod ordered the mass killing of all boys under the age of 2, in and around Bethlehem, hoping that one of them is Jesus.  All dates in history involving the killing of guiltless people are considered an Unlucky Day.

When is the Unlucky Day in 2018?

Unlucky Days in 2018 is observed  two times: April 13, 2018 and July 13, 2018.