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It's Tuesday the 13th? Yikes!

Churchy LaFemme_Color_1Churchy LaFemme, the mud turtle who was one of the principal characters in cartoonist Walt Kelly‘s satirical comic strip Pogo (1948-1975), was as superstitious as a summer day is long — so much so that he would panic whenever he discovered that: “Friday the 13th come on a Tuesday this month!” (Or on any other day of the week, for that matter).

As it turns out, though, for Latinos Friday the 13th does come on a Tuesday, because in Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday — not Friday — the 13th is traditionally considered to be the day of bad luck.

Do you see the problem?

People in Latin America are forced to face the purported hazards of Tuesday — though not Friday — the 13th, while non-Hispanic folks in the U.S. and Canada need to navigate the perils of Friday — though not Tuesday — the 13th.

We bicultural U.S. Hispanics, however, must contend with both.

So, you know, yikes!

2 Responses to “It's Tuesday the 13th? Yikes!”

  1. hmandp says:

    It’s Tuesday the 13th! Read why #hispanics consider it bad luck instead of Friday the 13th: #latinos #culture
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  2. Sarah says:

    Very interesting! Never knew that! Hope you didn’t cross paths with a gato negro!

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