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From the Editor: Friday the 13th and the Harvest Moon
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9/13/2019 at 6:15:58 PM GMT
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From the Editor: Friday the 13th and the Harvest Moon

Michelle Karas writes an article about this year's Friday the 13th falling on the day of the Harvest Moon. In this article, she describes the significance of the Harvest Moon to farmers as well as theories, including one quote from Dr. Simon Bronner, a folklorist, to explain the sinister attributes to the number 13 and Fridays that fall on the 13th of a month. Read an excerpt below:

By Michelle Karas--

"Friday the 13 is coming. To a calendar near you.

This Friday falls on the 13th day of the month—a bad omen, some say. Why is that?

To answer that, we’ll need to revisit the Last Supper. There were 13 guests: Jesus and his 12 apostles, the Bible states. This portentous gathering took place on a Thursday—later renamed Maundy or “Holy” Thursday. The day after the Last Supper, a Friday that would later become known as Good Friday, was the day Jesus was crucified. From those origins comes the notion that having 13 dinner guests is an unlucky number, and one that foreshadows death—especially on a Friday.

Dr. Simon Bronner, distinguished professor emeritus of American Studies and Folklore at Penn State Harrisburg, told Time magazine in 2017 that “There’s a grain of truth to [the Last Supper theory], but the problem is that there is not much of a connection to the modern belief. “It may be a case of religious folklore that rose to explain a belief. Psychologists treat [the fear of Friday the 13th] as real, but my sense is that… it’s something to blame. I think it was a constructed belief.”


To continue reading, see Pike Peak Courier.

Michelle Karas. “From the Editor: Friday the 13th and the Harvest Moon.” Pike Peak Courier. (September 11, 2019). <>


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