blog - tuesday 13th unlucky

Friday 13th is well known as the unluckiest day of the year around the world. If you’re at all superstitious you probably take more care than usual on this day, blaming anything unfortunate that happens on it being Friday 13th.

However, it isn’t actually considered unlucky in all countries.

Did you know that in Spain, Friday 13th is just another normal day? It’s Tuesday 13th that you actually need to watch out for!

When you move to a new country, it’s always interesting to hear about different customs and traditions. Read on to find out why the Spanish think Tuesday 13th is the unluckiest day of the year…

Why is Tuesday 13th uncluky in Spain?

In Spain Tuesday 13th, known as martes trece, is thought to bring the ‘mala suerte’ (bad luck) rather than Friday 13th. There are thought to be many reasons for the day to be considered unfortunate, one of these being that ‘martes’, the word for Tuesday in Spanish, is related to the Roman God of War, Mars.

There is also an old saying “En martes ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes.” In English, this translates as “On Tuesday, don’t marry, don’t start a journey nor leave your house.”, adding to the thought that Tuesdays aren’t always the best day!

Another reason for this superstition is also down to some historical events happening on Tuesday 13th, such as the fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade on Tuesday 13th April 1204.

While you may not be superstitious yourself and take no notice of the dates, for some people it’s more serious. For example, did you know that there’s actually a real phobia called ‘Trezidavomartiofobia’ (fear of Tuesday 13th), causing an uncontrollable fear of leaving the house and coming into contact with others!

More Spanish superstitions

Some other superstions that you may hear about in Spain include:

No hats on the bed – putting a hat on a bed could bring bad luck as it was believed that evil spirits lived in your hair and could therefore easily be transferred from hair to hat to bed, resulting in evil spirits getting you in the night.

Don’t put your handbag on the floor – the Spanish believe leaving your handbag on the floor will result in you losing your money. So make sure you have an extra chair!

Don’t buy knives or scissors as a gift – buying these for a loved one means your relationship will be cut.

Use the right foot – Spanish superstition says that misfortune enters the room with the left foot, so try to enter a room with the right foot. If you forget don’t worry, you can make the sign of the cross 3 times to counter the bad luck.

No breaking of legs – rather than wishing someone harm as a sign of good luck, the Spanish will tell you “mucha mierda” which translates as “lots of shit”!

Protect your home with cacti – you might have seen cacti on many window sills in Spain. The reason for this is that Spanish tradition believes that a cactus can ward off evil.

Watch where you’re sweeping – apparently if you accidentally brush the feet of a single woman while sweeping the floor, she will never get married!

Are you a superstitious person? Do you believe in any of these Spanish superstitions?

Spanish public holidays calendar 2023

Pin for later:

Why is Tuesday 13th unlucky in Spain? | Our Spanish Adventures