Does Friday 13th make you shudder?

Friday 13th is here once again and for the 49 million Brits who fear it most, chances are they will be sat indoors with their fingers firmly crossed waiting for it to be over. The superstition itself is said to stem from early Christianity, as Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday and Judas Iscariot was the 13th guest at the Last Supper. Add them both together and what do you get? The most feared date in the calendar…

Another historical belief is that the fear of Friday 13th generated from King Philip IV of France, as he commanded for hundreds of Templar Knights to be arrested on Friday 13th 1307. After their arrest, they were tortured and burned alive. Freak events in recent history, such as a 13 year old boy being struck by lightning on Friday 13th and the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that crashed on Friday 13th in 1972, make it hard to believe that it is all a spooky coincidence. Especially as the 16 survivors of the crash had to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Friday 13th is a date that is still feared in everyday life. I once tried to run a singles event on Friday 13th a few years ago. I hadn’t really given it much thought until I realised ticket sales were low. I found it very strange so I tried calling some of my regular guests to find out why they hadn’t booked. Rather reluctantly a few did admit to me that they didn’t fancy attending due to the date.

Everyone has their own little quirks and beliefs, even if they don’t realise it.  For example, I’ve had dating coaching clients who only want to date singles who are a certain star sign. Or they think they’ll jinx the relationship by taking certain actions.  Even if they don’t claim to be superstitious, many singles still claim they believe in karma.  Bad things will happen if they treat people badly.

A new research study that explores the most feared date of year has found that most people still believe it is a dangerous day. A definitive guide to the unluckiest day of the year that will make even the most sceptical of people shudder, has been created. The piece explores the history and origins of the spooky date, as well as the recent terrifying events that have taken place on the day and celebrity related Friday 13th facts. Check out the research here, if you dare…

James Preece
Dating Coach and Dating Expert at The Dating Guru
James Preece is the Dating Guru.

He is the UK's leading Dating Coach and Relationship Expert, helping 1000s find love each year.