Friday the 13th not so unlucky for some |

Friday the 13th not so unlucky for some

by Timothy Bowman

Luck will be on the minds of many today.

Bad luck on Friday the 13th was brought to the forefront of the popular consciousness in the early 1980s by Jason Voorhees, the killer in the Friday the 13th movie series. Wearing a hockey goalie mask and wielding an assortment of potentially lethal items from the tool shed or kitchen, Jason stalked his victims on the 13th day of the month and sixth day of the week.

Today most people view Friday the 13 as a fun tradition, but are skeptical of any real bad luck that accompanies the day.

“I am definitely bad luck,” said South Tahoe resident Jennifer Larson jokingly. “I was born on Friday the 13th. I like it because 13 is my lucky number believe it or not. I cut my finger today and I have to work tomorrow, so who knows what will happen.”

Tasa Herndon said she thinks people like to believe in Friday the 13th for a little extra excitement.

“It gives people a little superstition to play with,” she said. “It gives somebody something to do. They are bored so they need something to do. Friday the 13th is an easy thing to do.”

While the South Shore casinos are full of people watching for signs of luck, Harveys Resort & Casino slot manager Scott Evans said he has not noticed a change in gaming patterns during Friday the 13th.

“I think really the luck factor for the players comes from themselves,” Evans said. “It is their own personal beliefs or possessions. I don’t think I have seen much of an impact on a Friday the 13th.”

Harvey’s patron Pat Krause said she will game on Friday the 13th, but may be a little careful what she plays.

“(I) will still be here (on Friday the 13th.) I may be more selective of what I play,” Krause said. “I’ll play 13, or maybe I’ll play 13 times. It is kind of exciting tomorrow is Friday the 13th. It doesn’t happen very often. I’ll turn it into good luck.”

The true origins of Friday the 13th’s bad reputation date from around the 13th Century when Christianity was taking hold in Northern Europe. Friday was named for the Norse goddess of marriage Frigga. Prior to the arrival of Christianity, the Norse established Friday as their pagan sabbath.

Christian missionaries saw the pagan holy day as a threat to the spread of their new religion, and declared it a day of evil.

When the Norsemen adopted Christianity, they believed that Frigga was banished to the mountains as a witch. Each Friday the 13th she gathered with the devil and 11 other witches. Together the 13 would cast spells and curses to harm the righteous. Ever since Friday the 13th has been a day of infamy in Western culture.

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