13 Things to Do On Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th is one of those days you either think is kind of fun or you fear in some way. There are friends who believe the day is bad luck. But I believe it's just another day, one that you can use to celebrate a good time with friends. Plus, the cultural lore around the holiday is quirky and interesting. 

Why Is Friday the 13th a Big Deal?

There is no real evidence that bad things happen on Friday the 13th more than any other day.

Some folks attribute the belief that Friday the 13th is unlucky with the lore surrounding the number 13, and the superstitions that follow it, which have really only taken hold in this latest century. Some believe the bad luck of that number is associated with the betrayal of Jesus and others think it might have come from a book published in 1907. The book, Friday the Thirteenth, sold lots of copies and was made into a movie, so it seems that people were willing to believe the myth that the day would eventually represent.

There is even an official name for the fear of Friday the 13th called friggatriskaidekaphobia, which is a combination of the derivatives of the name Friday and the fear of the number thirteen. It is estimated that between 17 to 21 million people fear the day, or at least claim to. 

Forget Superstitions! Celebrate Friday the 13th

This can be a day you turn into harmless fun for you and your friends.

Make it a positive. First, find out when Friday the 13th falls. Some years have more than one occurrence, so you could use some of the following suggestions for one of the dates and do the rest of them on the next date, or just completely change it up. No matter when this fateful day falls in any given year, it at least kicks off a weekend.

 You could do a theme night (horror movie marathon anyone?), or just use the day to tell a few friends you're thinking about them. Most of all, have fun with it.

In keeping with the theme of this day, I've given you thirteen (13) ideas for ways to celebrate. Most of these are inexpensive and take virtually no planning or time so they'll be easy to do.

  1. Call up a friend and ask if you can pick up a few items for them (like maybe, thirteen or so) from the grocery store on your way home from work.
  2. Write an "I'm grateful you're my friend" message on their Facebook wall. Or, in keeping with the theme here, write on thirteen different friend's walls.
  3. Bake a batch of thirteen cookies and drop them off at a friend's house.
  4. Write a note to a friend and include thirteen things you love about them.
  5. Make a friend a baker's dozen of their favorite cupcakes.
  6. Play some Friday the 13th games.
  7. Meet them at the coffee shop and find out how lucky you both are.
  8. Invite friends over for a Friday the 13th movie marathon.
  9. Learn more about feng shui together, by taking a class or just hitting up the information available at your local bookstore. Feng shui is believed to help you attract more luck in your life.
  10. Have a Friday the 13th theme party, complete with black cupcakes, spooky decorations, and punch. Just for fun, try to figure out whether you have Triskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
  1. Change up the traditional thoughts about Friday the 13th and enlist a friend to help you develop a lucky attitude. Make a list of things you could do together, like take a class on being positive or building your self-esteem.
  2. Adopt a black cat.
  3. Buy a friend lunch and ask them what they feel has been the luckiest moment of their life.