Did you know Friday 13th is a lucky day in France ?

Friday 13th in the UK is deemed an unlucky day, but the French see it as quite the opposite and many will buy their lottery tickets absolutely convinced that luck will be on their side!

Lucky Friday 13th

There are several theories about why 13 is unlucky. There are those that are centred around religion, for example, at the Last Supper the 13th guest at the table was Judas and many negative biblical events supposedly occurred on a Friday, including Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit and the crucifixion of Jesus. In Britain, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were 13 steps leading up to the noose.

However, the most common basis for the superstition is believed to stem from Friday 13th October 1307, when the Knights Templar were disbanded.

Knights Templar

The organisation existed for approximately two centuries in the middle ages and was founded to ensure the safety of pilgrims to the Holy Land after the Crusades. They are often depicted by an image of two knights on a single horse, a symbol of their early poverty, but their power grew along with their wealth and they soon became a target for jealousy. A new Pope was appointed in Rome and under pressure from the King of France, the Templars were tortured until false confessions were given and they were burned at the stake as heretics. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends.