If you’re superstitious, you might want to hide under a rock this Friday.
Not only does this Friday fall on the 13th day of the month, but it also takes place on the full harvest moon. What’s more, it has been 13 years since the last harvest moon fell on a Friday the 13th — talk about spooky.
The fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia, but it’s unclear exactly why or when the fear of the day first developed. To some, the number 13 is considered innately evil or is associated with bad luck. As a result, many buildings don’t have a 13th floor, and many people try to avoid things with the number 13 on them, such as jerseys.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, what makes the big day even more special is there won’t be another another Friday the 13th with a full harvest moon for a whopping 30 years; the next one will take place it on Aug. 13, 2049.
Right now, people from around the world are sharing their excitement (or trepidation) over the event on social media.
Brace yourself, because Friday the 13th is just around the corner and it brings a rare full that hasn't happened since October 13, 2000 & won’t happen again until August 13, 2049.— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) September 11, 2019
YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. 😇#Friday13th#FullMoon#HarvestMoon pic.twitter.com/Lu1aKLy1ew
Of course, not everyone shares the same sentiment about the famous day. For some, it is just another day of the year — one that has merely been hyped up urban legends, horror franchises, books, and word of mouth.
For those who would like to celebrate the big night, however, VYVE is hosting a free hike rave
The celestial affair takes place on Sept. 13 at 9:32 p.m. in Metro Vancouver. Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.