Numbers have varied meanings depending on where you are in the world. Today is Friday the 13th, a day regarded to be bad since the number 12 is thought to be "complete" (think apostles, months of the year, zodiac signs) and the number 13 is merely weird.
It all started in ancient Greece, where the number 13 was extremely important. They counted by threes - meaning that every group of three people would make a unit called a "trimós". On top of this, they had twelve regular monthly periods of thirty days each. So basically, there were two extra days in a month. These two extra days were called "dias" and they were included when calculating numbers such as dates or times. For example, if someone told you that something happened on a Thursday, it means that it occurred on one of the following four days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. The Thursday must therefore be included between April 17 and May 16 since these are the only two days that count as Thursdays.
So far, so good. But here's where things get strange. It turns out that many important events took place on Thursday, including Jesus' birthday and the day he was crucified. Also, some Greek cities used to celebrate their victories with a three-day festival that began on the 13th day of the month.
Friday the 13th has always been seen as a bad omen. There are several ideas as to why the number thirteen got connected with ill luck, but none have been regarded as plausible. It is just one of many myths about this number.
The fact that Friday the 13th is associated with misfortune is based on tradition. Ancient cultures around the world believed that the number of days between Wednesday and Saturday was responsible for causing or preventing something from happening. On some days this number was even used to determine someone's fate! For example, people would sometimes ask, "What day is it?" to know whether they would live or die. On Friday the 13th they would say, "It's a Friday the 13th - I'll go down fighting!"
There are two reasons why multiple thirteens combined into one date should bring bad luck: first because there are only seven weeks in a month and thus June 30th can only be divided by four or fewer numbers without leaving any remainder, which means it can't be split evenly between two individuals; second because Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Although modern interpretations of these old traditions may differ, it's obvious that they originated before the advent of computers and modern transportation so they had no way of knowing that Friday the 13th would come up twice every year!
In nations such as Thailand and India, the 13th is both a fortunate number and a lucky day. Friday the 13th is often regarded as the unluckiest day of the year. On this day, people avoid accomplishing anything significant. It is regarded as a terrible omen and a day when accidents and misfortunes are unavoidable. However, if someone wants to be sure of success, they should engage in activities that benefit the whole community, since only then will they be able to overcome this curse.
Thirteen is a very important number in Buddhism. The number comes up frequently in carvings on temples and monasteries. It also appears in stories about the Buddha's life. For example, it is said that there were 13 disciples who first learned Buddhism from the Buddha.
In addition to being an important number in Buddhism, thirteen is also a common factor in many happy relationships and marriages. These pairs include: 7 and 7; 8 and 4; 3 x 3; 2 and 1; and 0 and 1. So, whether you are looking for love or just wanting to find happiness, number 13 is a great option.
There are also many unlucky days in Thailand and India. Wednesday and Thursday are generally considered bad days because these are usually spent at school or work. Monday is also regarded as an unlucky day because people use it to start new projects or plans. Saturday is also avoided because most people go to church or visit relatives then.