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Friday, February 13, 2015

TODAY IS FRIDAY THE 13TH AND TOMORROW IS VALENTINE'S DAY

Only up to 13% of Americans feel Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. While triskaidekaphobia refers only to the number 13, friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia both pinpoint Friday the 13th.  They say one way of curing you of this fear is to learn how to pronounce them.  Here are 13 things to steer clear of today.

Some say this bad day came to be because 13 individuals dined at the Last Supper.  However, that was a Thursday, although close enough to the next day when Jesus Christ was crucified.  However, 13 is a lucky number in China and Egypt.  The number four is always avoided in Japan, because it sounds like death, and, never, never give a gift in that country with four items.  However, we won't have to worry about Good Friday falling on a Friday this year, although there will be two more to come (March and November).  It remains unclear, by the way, why Good Friday is not called Bad Friday.

St Valentine's Day also began early in Christian history, more specifically, in liturgical celebration of Saint Valentinus, who lived a couple centuries after Jesus.  Some say that Geoffrey Chaucer brought romantic love into play.  China celebrates this day in mid-summer because February is too close to Chinese New Year, and Japan reverses the role, for on February 14 women give chocolates to male co-workers, a practice that only recently became common practice mostly because a chocolate-company executive made a translation error.  Some mistake, for half of chocolates in the country are purchased around this time of year.  Clever marketing then made March 14 White Day, where men are expected to return the favor with not only white chocolate, but items in general that are two to three times more valuable than what they received.  While in the USA romantic dinner night is on February 14, in Japan Christmas Eve is that big dining moment.  Not unlike Christmas, free enterprise has taken control.

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