Not Mumbaikars, who will treat this day like any other
It's a common belief to beware of Friday the 13th, but most Mumbaikars are not particularly worried that today is one such day.
Actor Aftab Shivdasani, whose Aao Wish Karen releases today, laughs off the unlucky tag. "No number is unlucky for creativity. A film will run if it is good, irrespective of the release date."
Agreed a racing follower, who wished to remain anonymous. "The concept of luck plays a huge part in the sport.
However, even if the racing season in Mumbai began on Friday the 13th, it would not affect officials, punters or superstitious owners."
Not a Black Friday: Superstitious about Friday the 13th, several hotels don't have a 13th floor.
Ravi Sharma, director of Crepe Station restaurant, said, "Several hotels do not have a 13th floor. Even we do not have table No 13."
However, he does not expect fewer people to dine at his restaurant because of the date.
Nevil Cimbadia, partner at the dining place Bonobo in Bandra, said, "Tonight is just another Friday night for people here. I don't know if people even register the date until you tell them."
The Luck Factor
There is no one theory behind the belief that Friday the 13th is unlucky. The most widely accepted theory is the massacre of the Templars on October 13, 1308, a Friday.
Another is that there were 13 diners at Jesus Christ's Last Supper and Christ was crucified on a Friday, but this theory probably originated only in medieval times.
Did you know?
Legend has it that if you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck. Serial killers Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.
August 13, next year will have a Friday the 13th