For some culture
s, it's not Friday the 13th
that they're worried about. It's Tuesday
Tuesday is considered, by many Greek
s, to be the unluckiest day of the week. It was on Tuesday, May 29th, 1453
that the city of Constantinople
was besieged and taken by the Ottoman Turks
. The loss of life was considerable.
Conversely, Greeks consider the number 13 (on its own) to be good luck
. Reasons for this vary, including the belief that having 12 apostles of Christ
made Christ the 13th of the group. The ancient philosophy of Numerology
considers 13 to be "the most selfless of all" and "love for the world revolves around" thirteen. The Celts
also considered the number 13 to be related to good fortune.
However, the combination of Tuesday and 13 as Tuesday the 13th of the month is considered a very unlucky day in Greek culture.
Mexico, Spain and Latin America
speaking cultures fear "Martes Trece
", Tuesday the 13th. It's bad luck to have a wedding
or board a ship
on a Tuesday.
"Martes" comes from the word Mars
, the Roman god of war
. And war is widely considered a bad or unlucky thing to happen to a person.
The 13 reference goes back to Christianity
again, but this time it refers to Christ in a bad way as the 13th in the group with 12 apostles. 13 is also linked to Judas
, the 13th apostle.
Another reference notes that the Antichrist
appears in chapter 13 of the Apocalypse
in the Bible
, and that Adam
ate the apple on a Tuesday.