Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th


Sabi nila, malas daw ang Friday the 13th. Di ko alam kung saan nanggaling ito pero simula pa noon ay nag-iingat ako tuwing ganito ang araw. Kung titignan mo, dapat naman talaga mag-ingat araw-araw para walang mangyaring di kanais-nais sa atin. Hinananp ko sa internet kung ano talaga ito at ito ang nakita ko sa www.wikipedia.com:

Friday the 13th is considered a day of bad luck in English-, French- and Portuguese-speaking countries around the world, as well as in Austria, Germany, Estonia, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Philippines.

Similar superstitions exist in some other traditions. In Greece, Romania and Spanish-speaking countries, for example, it is Tuesday the 13th that is considered unlucky. In Italy, it is Friday the 17th.

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear). The term is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a simple phobia (fear) of the number thirteen appearing in any case.

Both the number thirteen and Friday have been considered unlucky:

  • In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve recognized signs of the zodiac, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve Apostles of Jesus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness.[2] There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
  • Friday, as the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, has been viewed both positively and negatively among Christians. The actual day of Crucifixion was the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew Lunar calendar which does not correspond to "Friday" in the solar calendar of Rome. The 15th day of Nissan (beginning at Sundown) is celebration of Passover.

Despite the onus on the two separated elements, there is no evidence for a link between the two before the 19th century. The earliest known reference in English occurs in a 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini:

[Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died.

However, only in the 20th century did the superstition receive greater audience, as

Friday the 13th doesn't even merit a mention in E. Cobham Brewer's voluminous 1898 edition of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, though one does find entries for "Friday, an Unlucky Day" and "Thirteen Unlucky." When the date of ill fate finally does make an appearance in later editions of the text, it is without extravagant claims as to the superstition's historicity or longevity.

Though the superstition developed relatively recently, much older origins are often claimed for it, most notably in the novel The Da Vinci Code (and later the film), which traced the belief to the arrest of the Knights Templar on Friday October 13, 1307.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day". Despite this, representatives for both Delta and Continental Airlines say that their airlines don't suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.

A British Medical Journal study has shown that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Fridays the 13th.

Halos buong mundo pala ang naniniwala dito. Malamang noong panahon palang ng mga kastila ay tinuro na sa mga noypi ito. Hindi ko alam kung maniniwala ako dito. Ang alam ko lang na tuwing araw na 'to maraming tao ang nagsasabing "Naku . . . Friday the 13th pala ngayon". Totoo. Marami akong naririnig na ganyan.

Siguro, kaya maraming naaaksidente sa araw na 'to ay dahil sa maraming sobrang nagi-ingat at kabado. Sa sobrang ingat at kaba, mas lalong nagiging prone sa aksidente.

Dapat lang talaga mag-ingat tayo, kasi kahit anong oras, puwedeng may masamang mangyari, katulad ng pagkawala ng celfone, tapilok, banga ng kotse, mahulog sa hagdanan, madapa, bumanga sa poste habang naglalakad dahil hindi nakatingin, madulas, mapuwing ng shampoo habang naliligo, masugatan sa pag-aahit at marami pang iba. Lahat nang ito ay nangyari na sakin. Nangyari na rin sakin ang masira ang celfone (yung spv smart phone ko, nakanto yung screen, 6k replacement ng lcd), mabutas ang pantalon (sumuot ako sa ilalim ng mesa para ilipat ang contact ng nasirang spv smart fone ko sa computer ko, tapos bigla kong narinig na napunit at biglang parang lumamig ang mga hita ko) at mawalan ng wallet (na kakawithdraw ko lang ng pambayad sa nasirang spv smart fone) sa loob nang isang linggo. Malas? Siguro nga, pero ni-isa dito ay hindi nangyari nung Friday the 13th.

Siguro, sundin nalang natin si John Lloyd Cruz sa patalastas ng Biogesic at mag"ingat" sa lahat ng ginagawa natin.

Ingat!

:-)

1 comment:

Vayie said...

Interesting read you have here. Although I don't believe in Friday the 13th. If it's your time, it's your time.