National Defy Superstition Day

Defy Superstition Day is a holiday that’s observed every September 13th. It’s a day for people to think about putting their superstitions to the side. Superstition is the excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings. It includes doing such things as touching objects for luck, avoiding walking under ladders because it’s bad luck, or believing that if a person walks on a crack, then it will break their mother’s back.

Most superstitions start out with logical reasoning behind them but end up getting blown out of proportion over the years. For example, people observed that opening an umbrella in an enclosed space could be dangerous, so they avoided doing it.

Over time, it would become the superstition that it was unlucky to do so. That’s how superstitions evolve and why many people are probably going to want to observe this holiday and take a good look at what they believe.

The History Of Defy Superstition Day

It’s believed by some people that this holiday was invented by a professor at the University of Delaware named Tom Fernsler, but we haven’t been able to independently verify whether that’s true or not.

He supposedly invented it in 1986 of 1987 after he had encouraged people to defy superstitions on the 13th of September, particularly superstitions that have to deal with the number 13th. We like to think that he actually invented the holiday in 1985 because that would’ve made the date Friday the 13th, but as we said, we can’t be sure.

Observing Defy Superstition Day

All a person has to do on this day is to reevaluate their superstitions and make corrections as needed. Too often we get used to doing things a certain way and that might mean that we’re stuck in some of our own outdated beliefs.

Well, this is the holiday that attempts to change that. And we think the world could use a lot more of that and that’s why everyone should take the time to spread the word about this hashtag #DefySuperstitionDay online.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 13 Friday
Next year (2025)
September 13 Saturday
Last year (2023)
September 13 Wednesday
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