Happy Friday the 13th! (2 weeks ago!) I went to a fancy Friday the 13th dinner party a couple of years ago & since we were going to be with Vic's sister this year I couldn't wait to recreate it! Of course it wasn't so fancy & didn't have a band, but it was still fun :)
We laughed in superstitious' face by breaking all the rules. Black is the color of death here and white is the Chinese color of death so I did everything in black & white w/ touches of red for gore! That little white lantern had a light in it so it glowed without the flash on it. We entered the room on the "13th" floor. (We were supposed to walk under a ladder too, but my sister-in-law was panicking a little with the open umbrellas so I didn't add that touch!) Then a broken mirror and "spilled salt" around the centerpiece.
I had that umbrella hanging from the light & another by the entrance.
Friday the 13th (by Christian belief/tales) is unlucky is because Judas was the 13th guest at the Last Supper & he betrayed Christ (making #13 unlucky). Friday is unlucky as this was the day Christ was crucified. Add them together for one unlucky day!!
That little piece of rolled up paper on every person's plate had a superstition on it. Here are the tidbits:
*Step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back
(a crack is the entrance to the grave)
*Break a mirror and you’ll have 7 years bad luck!
Why 7 years?.. You just broke the soul of whoever’s reflection was in the mirror and it takes 7 years for the body to fully rejuvenate. Don’t want to wait 7 years? Make sure the mirror can’t see any reflection by grinding it up & burying it in the moonlight!
*Walk under a ladder & you’ll have bad luck
(a triangle represents life & when you walk through a triangle you are awakening the spirits that live in it… even the evil ones that won’t be happy with being disturbed)
*Spill some salt, you’ll have bad luck
toss it over your left shoulder into evil’s eye lurking by
(Salt has always been considered a valuable substance capable of purifying and warding off evil spirits and evil spirits wait over the left shoulder)
*Release a sneeze & you’ll release your soul
call out “bless you” to keep it safe!
*Feel a shiver?
Someone is walking over your future grave!
*An open umbrella in a house brings bad luck
The sun god will be very upset with you for offending it as you only need an umbrella to protect you from true sunlight
*If a black cat crosses your path you’ll have bad luck!
Black cats were believed to be witches that had been burned or helpers to witches, either way being a very evil animal
There are still TWO more Friday the 13ths this year so have some fun with them! :)