Making Your Own Luck

Happy Friday the 13th! Etiquette is a culmination of cultural and societal norms, which are both strongly influenced by tradition and history. Today I thought it’d be fun to share a little on Friday the 13th!

While many consider Friday the 13th to be an unlucky day, the origin isn’t truly known. It’s said that it, at least in part, stems from The Last Supper, which included 13 people (Jesus and His 12 disciples). However, that took place on a Thursday, so that may just account for the number being unlucky.

In Italy, the number 13 is considered good luck, particularly in gambling! It’s associated with fertility, prosperity and abundant life. However, in Italy it’s considered unlucky to sit down to a table of 12 for the reason mentioned above┬áregarding The Last Supper.

Now, I whole-heartedly do not truly believe in luck. For me, it’s all in good fun. I enjoy learning about traditions and old wives’ tales, as many of these have grown out of superstitions. If you enjoy this, too, I was recommended Black Cats & Four-Leaf Clovers: The Origins of Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions in Our Everyday Lives┬áto read. *Note* I have not read it, yet, BUT I plan to!

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