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No fear but why take a chance

13 Apr 2018 03:52am IST

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13 Apr 2018 03:52am IST

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It’s ‘Friday the 13th’ and some people are so superstitious they choose to stay home and avoid taking up anything important on what is considered to be one of the unluckiest days of the year. It is a date that strikes fear into the superstitious - many avoid booking a wedding or holding a party. While there are others who don’t pay heed to superstitions like that of a black cat passing you being unlucky among others, choose to embrace the day. Team Cafe speaks to Goans and check out their reactions

I feel superstitions are related to a state being powerless or fear. When we cannot really explain why certain things happen, we try to create a pattern to provide us something to believe in. Personally, I don’t believe in superstitions at all and I think it is all just a coincidence. I remember when I was younger, elders would say not to cut your nails in the night as something bad would happen but over the years I have grown to believe that this belief might have started really way back in time when there were no proper tools and bulbs hence if you tried then in the night you would have just ended up cutting your fingers or toes. Hence we might need a paradigm shift to get over superstitions.

ZESTER RODRIGUES

Friday the 13th is like a horror movie, which might come to life for a lot of people I know. The funny part is that it’s only in their head, and if one day dedicated to such a superstition can make a scriptwriter out of a person, many such days could make our country a creative powerhouse. Actually, Friday the 13th is not as scary as the many other days of the year, most of the days where we hear about horrifying things that people are doing to other people. That should scare us more than such superstitious days.

NIKITA D’CRUZ

Personally, I feel the concept of ‘Friday The 13th’ is just a gimmick to make life interesting. People crave drama to entertain their redundant lives sometimes. Nothing significant has ever happened to me or anyone I know on that day yet. However, there always will be some clever influential people who cash out on vulnerable people who are scared of living. It’s more of a western superstition which has rubbed off on our Indian culture in recent times.

GAYATRI RAIKAR

Well, I was born on the 13th but I am not superstitious. In fact, I make the most of it even if it falls on a Friday. Growing up I heard a lot about Friday the 13th and people being superstitious but I never really felt like that. I enjoyed and had Halloween and gothic themed parties and even if it isn’t my birthday we end up celebrating or going out for dinner. One needs to believe in themselves and not in these superstitious things.

HEASTAN PEREIRA

Friday the 13th has always had the stigma of bad luck attached and quite frankly although I wouldn’t possibly have anything auspicious on that day; I don’t think it interferes with my ordinary day. Although being in the field of marketing, I agree it makes for popular horror themes because of the movie and the stories attached to it, like even these fantasy ‘escape rooms’ having games such as Ward no.13! I think on some level I would choose to listen to the aged old stories and probably just steer away for that number 13 altogether! Also , I have a friend whose birthday is on Friday the 13th and it’s interesting to see how people celebrate their birthday on this day.

MARILYN PINTO

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