A decade ago, a friend told me that she had changed her mind about Friday the 13th; not the movie with lots of ketchup, the calendar date. She decided it would be a day of blessings. I realized she was right, and that convinced me to rewind my tape on the whole affair. We create our own luck, or misfortune.
Friday the 13th is not universal. In Greece, Spain and Latin America, it is Tuesday the 13th that’s unlucky. Tuesday is Martes in Spanish, named for the Greek god of war, Marte.
As the saying goes, “El martes, ni te cases ni en embarques”. “On Tuesday, don’t get married or set off on a trip…” For some folks in Spanish-speaking countries, this is taken to an extreme, they’ll tell you Tuesday the 13th: “Don’t cut your hair, or even think about trimming your nails.”
To a person from the US, that sounds over the top. Wait, remember how many buildings, for example in New York and Chicago, have no 13th floor? If it’s a high rise they do, of course, but it’s named 14. Smile, we live in glass houses, it seems..
In 2019, we’ve had one Tuesday the 13th, in August. Did all the hair salons close that day in Spain? Did everyone with a broken nail just limp along until the 14th? This year, we’ll have a second Friday the 13th in December: lucky or unlucky? What do you say?
How do you feel about today’s date? Did you have your lucky shirt ready? Leave a comment below, dear readers. Love hearing your views.
Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco. ¡Olé! –Rebecca