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The Number 13

The number 13 on its own is not an unlucky number in Greek culture. The opposite is often  considered true by many Greeks, that is that the number thirteen is considered to be lucky.  Some areas in Greece say that the number 13 represents the 12 apostles and Christ with Christ being the 13th member.

The number 13 cannot be that unlucky as we should not forget that Greece won 13 medals in the Sydney Olympics its' best showing ever!

In most western cultures Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day, to Greeks this day is not considered unlucky.  Greeks who have accepted this as an unlucky day are Greeks of the diaspora who have integrated a non-Greek superstition into their superstitions.  

In the Greek culture it is Tuesday the 13th of the month which is unlucky.  It is the combination of the date "Tuesday"  with the number "Thirteen" that is considered very unlucky to the Greek people. 

 

Other Superstitions:  

  • Kalikatzaroi Learn about these little goblins who are thought to run around from the period of Christmas to Epiphany stirring up trouble!
  • Itchy hand What could it mean if you have an itchy hand?
  • A parent's curse What could be more dangerous than a parent's curse?
  • The Fall of Constantinople Learn about a superstition that became a prophesy!
  • Tuesday Find out why Tuesday is considered unlucky by Greeks.
  • Priests What is the superstition surrounding these highly respected members of the church?
  • The Use of Salt What can salt be used for?
  • The Use of Spitting What is spitting good for?
  • The Use of Garlic When and why should garlic be used?
  • The Evil Eye  One of the oldest superstitions passed down from pagan times!
  • Sneezing  What is thought to be behind you sneezing?

 

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