Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Martes Trece: Tuesday the 13th in Tenerife

Martes 13 / Tuesday 13th

In the cultures of Spain, Greece and some countries of Latin America, such as Argentina, Chile and Venezuela, Martes 13 (Tuesday 13th) is considered an unlucky day. 

One explanation for the number 13 being unlucky is because at the last supper, Judas is the traitor and what a coincidence ... he’s considered the number 13. It is also said that it was a Tuesday when there was the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel. The negative connotations of Tuesday 13th have no scientific basis, so it should be very clear that it’s just a myth, the same as Friday the 13th in Anglo-Saxon cultures or Friday 17th in Italy.

In Spanish there is an old saying, which goes, “On Tuesday, neither get married, nor embark on a journey, nor travel away from home.” There are many people with a phobia to this day, not traveling anywhere because of superstition. It was also common that planes had no row 13 (it was assumed that passengers wouldn't buy tickets for that row). 

Phobia of this day is called Trezidavomartiofobia. [Tray-see-dav-O-marty-O-phobia.]
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