Spooky season is here! With the recent occurrence of Friday the 13th, it seems only appropriate to discuss some well-known superstitions. Historically, many unfortunate events have happened on Friday the 13th, leading to widespread fear and to some, the belief that the day is jinxed and extra precaution must be taken. For many, Friday the 13th is considered unlucky because of biblical reasons. The Last Supper occurred on Maundy Thursday, the next day being Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified. There were 13 guests, one of them being Judas, who betrayed Jesus, thus beginning the string of bad luck the number 13 supposedly brings. For instance, many hotels will skip floor number 13 and rather just have a jump from the 12th to the 14th floor. Planes sometimes will also skip the thirteenth row.
The number 13 isn’t the only unlucky superstition that exists. Some very well-known superstitions that are meant to bring bad luck include walking under a ladder, not throwing salt over your shoulder after spilling it, and a black cat crossing one’s path. For example, it used to be believed that black cats had the ability to be the rebirth of witches, resulting in the popular fear of them. When a Friday the 13th occurs, some people even refuse to go out or do anything that could possibly put them in harm’s way or bring bad luck.
Superstitions have been taken very seriously by some. Some of them such as the unlucky black cat has been closely related to Halloween to add an extra spook. As the holiday approaches, remember these superstitions and try to see how often they are seen in everyday life.
Kacy Medas, Staff Writer
Senior Kacy Medas is a staff writer for the 2019-2020 Colonel. She plays for the soccer and lacrosse teams. She enjoys spending her time watching Boston sports teams and playing with her dog Sadie.