It’s Friday the 13th. It’s raining. It’s Friday the 13th in June, so people may have planned outdoor events to celebrate happy occasions – including weddings.
So would it be lucky or unlucky to have a rainy Friday the 13th wedding?
Let’s begin with the common idea that Friday the 13th is unlucky. Gizmodo tells us that the origins of the Friday part are murky but may be based in Christian and Viking traditions. Similarly, the problem with the number “13” is attributed to a variety of religious sources. But here’s a fun fact I just learned from Gizmodo, and it puts the “13” issue in a whole new light.
“There are those that theorize the number 13 may have been purposely denigrated by the founders of the patriarchal religions to eradicate the influence of the Mother Goddess. In goddess worshipping cultures, the number 13 was often revered, as it represented the number of lunar and menstrual cycles that occur annually. It is believed by those who adhere to this theory that as the 12-month solar calendar came into use over the 13-month lunar calendar, the number 13 itself became suspect.”
Today’s Friday the 13th comes with a cherry on the top: a full moon. Some people think it will be the mother of all unlucky days. However, scientific studies of such phenomena appear to conclude that this is, in a word, “balderdash.” (That’s the technical term.) The good news, however, is that if this combination turns out to reverse the earth’s poles or wreck some other havoc on the universe, this coincidence won’t happen again until 2049. Let’s hope we’re around to experience it.
Now, let’s take on the rain.
According to The Valley Advocate, “In the Hindu tradition rain on the wedding day is considered lucky, as it is believed to foretell a strong marriage. The logic behind this belief is that a wet knot is more difficult to untie. (Getting married is often referred to as “tying the knot.”) … Rain is also believed to be a symbol of fortune and abundance, which falls generously on the bride and groom. It brings good wishes and washes away all the couple’s troubles and woes. It also means you will be blessed with fertility and have many children because rain is what replenishes reservoirs and sustains crops”. The preponderance of superstitions suggest that a wet wedding is a good omen.
Don’t fret, however, if the sun shines. “A few cultures do not believe that rain on your wedding day is lucky, but quite the opposite. There is an old saying that goes, “Happy is the bride whom the sun shines on.” This goes with hand-in-hand with a popular belief that rain on your wedding day brings unhappiness, bad luck, and tears throughout your married life.”
What does this all mean for rainy Friday, June 13th, 2014 weddings? It means you should have a back-up plan for inclement weather. Seneca would agree – it would be good luck to be prepared for the opportunity that it might be raining. Otherwise, you will have to wait and see. In the wise words of Alice Hoffman:
“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.”
Best wishes to all who are tying the knot today – may you have a strong, abundant, awesome marriage! And may you preserve the memories of your day with a keepsake collage by Carol Colman Collages!