Why Friday is an Unlucky Day

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  • Teideal (Title): Why Friday is an Unlucky Day.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 840115.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): story.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): unavailable.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 29/11/1983.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): evening class.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Why Friday is an unlucky day. Tradition gives a number of reasons. It was on a Friday that:

  • Adam sinned and was expelled from paradise
  • Heaven was closed and Hell was opened
  • Cain killed Abel
  • The flood was sent upon the world
  • Christ was crucified
  • Briars and thorns were made
  • Saint Stephen was put to death
  • Saints Peter and Paul were crucified
  • Saint John the Baptist was beheaded


If only of passing interest, the title of film Friday the 13th is translated as Martes 13 in some Spanish speaking countries (notably South-American ones such as Argentina and Peru), as Tuesday is considered the day of bad luck in their native traditions. In Mexico and in Spain itself, Friday is the unlucky day, thus the title becomes Viernes 13.