.by Anura Guruge
Despite all the other theories and beliefs, this ‘superstition‘ about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really appears to have its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French Pope, Clement V (#196), the first of the Clement V popes, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.
It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.
Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.
This fact tends to be forgotten.
But, I, like a few others, want to make sure that we don’t forget why Friday the 13th is significant.
Today, at sundown is the start of Yom Kippur. Given that many Jewish holidays start on a Friday I have to assume that over the centuries having a holiday start on a Friday the 13th is quite common place. To be fair the Jews were probably very glad to see the backs of the Templar — who loved nothing better than butchering Muslims and Jews (given that they were supposed to be celibate).