Today isn’t the best day for those suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th. The good news for those people is that day that will only come once this year—we will all be safe until January 2017. But Jason aside, what’s the deal?
There is a long history of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. One of the most popular myths surrounding the infamous day is the arrest and burning of the Knights Templar on Friday 13, 1307 in France. Popularized by Dan Brown and other historical fiction writers, it’s lead to one conspiracy theory after another.
The number 13 itself may be the culprit. According to numerology, 12 is a complete number, (12 hours, months, zodiac signs) whereas 13 is irregular.
The phenomenon is prevalent only in American and English societies, and a Dutch study from 2008 found that people are more cautious, resulting in fewer accidents and reports of fires. So, like any other Friday night, be safe out there—and look over your shoulder. You may just see an apparition on the second spookiest day of the year.
Homegirls and Records
Fill the spooky night with music at tonight’s Homegirls Records’ Vinyl Party, presented by Gold Street Creatives and Enchanted Popup. Tonight from 7 p.m.–midnight at Duel Brewing, this free event will feature records, drinks, and music from New Mexico’s all-female DJ collaborative, Homegirls Records, and record pop-up Hi-Phy Records. Don’t miss live screen-printing at this free event.
This year marks the 20th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Day will be hosted at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Presented by the museum and Sandia National Laboratories Asian Leadership & Outreach committee, celebrate traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences of cultures throughout Asia and the Pacific. There will be exhibits, presentations, and performances including, lion dancers, taiko drumming, calligraphy, and origami demonstrations. Complete the cultural experience with food samples this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A complete schedule is available here.
This year’s ABQ Brew Dash is back for a 5K race to the finish line for beer. Happening at Civic Plaza, there will be local craft beer, food trucks, and live music. Proceeds will benefit the New Mexico Brewer’s Guild and Runfit. Complete with a beer garden, pint glass, and designated drivers to take you home, the Saturday event still has tickets on sale here. The race begins at 1 p.m. and festivities will last until 6 p.m. Tickets range from $10 for admission only, to $45 for the 5k run. Tickets are limited and going fast, so don’t miss it!
What are your Friday the 13th plans?