When is the next Friday the 13th? Our Friday the 13th calculator tells you. Our calculator helps you to find out when Friday the 13th is / was in a given year. Moreover, we provide you some useful information on this special day.
Our “When is Friday the 13th?” calculator checks, in which months Friday falls on the 13th of the month. So, basically, it checks the calendar 12 times to decide whether the 13th day of a given month falls on Friday or not. Of course, our calculator does not only function within the current year. You can choose any year to see when Friday the 13th is / was. It means that you may even choose years in the past to see when Friday the 13th occurred.
To find the explanation for the origin of this superstition, we have to go back to ancient times. At least this is where we find the earliest negative opinion of this number; this was the time when the number 13 was first deemed unlucky. In the Norse mythology there is a story about 12 gods having a dinner together. Loki, however, was not invited; he was the 13th (uninvited) guest. Being very furious, he arranged for Höðr to shoot Balder with an arrow. Balder died, and the whole Earth got dark.
The unlucky nature of Friday comes from two events. Firstly, historians believe that Jesus was crucified on this day. Secondly, the fall of man also happened on Friday.
In Western cultures, the superstition of Friday the 13th ingrained in everyday life so much that in the USA, for example, there are no 13th floors in buildings, and rooms with number 13 are also missing from hotels.
Usually there is one Friday the 13th in a year. Sometimes, however, it happens that there are three Friday the 13ths in a year (for example in 2015).
If you believe in the superstition of Friday the 13th, you should avoid the following activities on this day to prevent any unlucky consequences:
And here is a list of a couple of things that should be avoided every single day, not only on Friday the 13th: