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What is to unfold on Friday the 13th?

The day of counting that is set to decide the fate of West Bengal along with the candidates in the fray by itself would have been considered a very unlucky day by the West. Amitava Banerjee reports.

kolkata Updated: May 12, 2011 14:48 IST
Amitava Banerjee

The day of counting that is set to decide the fate of West Bengal along with the candidates in the fray by itself would have been considered a very unlucky day by the West.

The day being a Friday and coinciding with 13 (Friday the 13th) makes it the unluckiest date as per Western belief, so much so that a term has been coined to describe the phobia attached to this day.

Friday, along with the number 13, has been considered unlucky. Jesus Christ is supposed to have been crucified on a Friday. The failure of Apollo 13 space mission is also attributed to the number 13.

"Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day. Even a film has been made based on this superstition. I don't have much interest in who wins or who loses, but I don't want violent outbreaks revolving around the counting. I wish a different date would have been chosen for the declaration of results," said Lucy Lepcha, a student.

Research has it that 8% of Americans suffer from Paraskevidekatria, the fear of Friday the 13th. Many people in the West abstain from driving or even going to work on a 13th coinciding with a Friday. It is considered as the most widespread superstition in the West.

"I don't adhere much to such superstitions, but most say that it is a very unlucky day. But you never know, Friday the 13th could turn out to be a very lucky day for us," said Sushma Gurung of the All India Gorkha League (AIGL).

Coincidentally, Friday the 13th has been a witness to many an unlucky event. Hurricane Charley had struck South Florida on August 13, 2004; Friday the 13th Storm had struck New York in October 13, 2006; Andes Plane crash had occurred on October 13, 1972. Closer home, the Upahaar Cinema fire had occurred in June 13, 1997. All these days were Fridays.

"As a doctorate in science I do not believe in such things. It is pure coincidence. It is just a superstition in the West. A day is a day. Friday the 13th is just another day," said Harka Bahadur Chettri, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) candidate from Kalimpong.