Thursday, 12 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 18 Sleeps!

If you’ve been reading my blog (or the Superman Duffy graphic novels), then you know that I LOVE Friday the 13th, no matter what month it lands in. But how PERFECT that this one—today!—is in October? Talk about a Halloween treat, right?

What's the big deal about Friday the 13th? I'm so glad you asked!

It’s not just because I like reading horror stories and watching thrilling movies, although that IS part of it, as you know. But I also love to bust myths, and perhaps no other day has more superstitions and myths surrounding it than Friday the 13th. If you live in North America, that is.

 Did you know that Friday the 13th isn’t a big deal in other parts of the world? 

While North Americans are busy ducking ladders, avoiding black cats, and going to Triskaidekaphobia’s Annonymous meetings (Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th), it’s just another day for people in other parts of the world.

In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, TUESDAY the 13th (otherwise known as martes trece) is considered bad luck. Same with people in Greece. In Italy, the number 13 has nothing to do with bad luck—Friday the 17th is the day to watch your step. The number 13 is actually considered lucky in Italy. Who knew?

That’s interesting for sure—and great research as I continue on my quest to learn more about the cultures and traditions of people that live in Canada in honour of the country's 150th birthday celebration—but I think I’ll still avoid the mirror today…just in case I break it. (Er…any chance it’s actually crazy hair day, too?)

What superstitions, if any, are you paying attention to today? Or is Friday the 13th just one big myth?

Gotta jet—but I'll be back tomorrow with more great Halloween fun!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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