Friday 17: myths and legends

To avoid the fear of this Friday 17, what could be better than relaxing in the “Corte Grisela” Jacuzzi with a glass of “Arcerus” Extra Brut sparkling wine? Then in the meantime, keep reading the article too!

Are you also an eptacaidecafobic? From the Greek ἑπτακαίδεκα, “seventeen” and φόβος phóbos, “fear”, the eptacaidecafobia is the fear of the number 17! Below you will discover the various theories that today’s man is worried about this issue, especially if associated with Friday.

The day Friday 17 is considered unlucky in Italy and in other countries of Greek-Latin origin. The origin of this preconception goes back to the union of two extremely negative elements, namely Good Friday, the day of the death of Jesus, and the number 17; which like 13 is considered unlucky even in Anglo-Saxon countries.

But what has happened so negatively over the centuries to make Friday 17 a date so feared? In Ancient Greece the followers of Pythagoras despised the number 17 since it was between 16 and 18, the numbers that perfectly reflected the representation of 4×4 and 3×6 quadrilaterals. Another motivation, this time from the religious world, is that in the Old Testament the date of the beginning of the universal flood is the 17th of the second month and according to the Bible the same day Jesus would have died. In ancient Rome on the tombs it was customary to write “VIXI”, or “I lived”, “I died”; in the Middle Ages, however, due to widespread illiteracy the inscription was confused with the number 17 which was instead XVII.

This day teaches us how the past can really influence the future: old traditions, old beliefs, are handed down from generation to generation as well as for the Tessari family and their passion for wine.