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Is it a lucky or unlucky day?

Today, south Deux-Sèvres, it has been a wonderful Spring day and the dogs have been back out sunbathing.  I know it will not last, but as the French say "c'est déjà ça de pris".  I shall remember Friday 13th January 2006 as a lovely sunny day.  How about you, how was your vendredi 13?

 

 

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[quote user="Christine Animal"]

Is it a lucky or unlucky day?

Today, south Deux-Sèvres, it has been a wonderful Spring day and the

dogs have been back out sunbathing.  I know it will not last, but

as the French say "c'est déjà ça de pris".  I shall remember

Friday 13th January 2006 as a lovely sunny day.  How about you,

how was your vendredi 13?

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Went into the file labelled "Good Days" (as most do, frankly: I

can't be doing with too many Bad Days, but then I am generally cheerful

to the point of being deeply annoying). We aired out a couple of the

properties and started the annual maintenace cycle, which is always

oddly satisfying whatever horrors we might find. Lunch was perfect and

around about 4pm we slopped off for a beer before picking up the children

from school. A friend came over last night and told us that the French

in general regard Friday 13th as being a lucky day. I think that I

would tend to agree.

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But why is Friday 13th considered to be unlucky ? And by whom - other than some Brits ?

Did the Ides of March fall on that day ?

Or is it some mythical christian thing ?

I have started Googling but no sensible answers yet - so thought of asking you lot.

John

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Well, I didn't win Euro Millions or the Super Loto so looks like Friday the 20th will be my lucky day...when I DO win Euro Millions!!

It said on the telly that sales of scratch cards, games of chance, betting etc, increases by 20-25% on a Friday 13th.

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Those that know me have probably got fed up over the years of me saying that Friday 13th is my lucky day...

Mind you, my £7.90 win on the EuroLottery last night wasn't exactly what I had in mind.................

 

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[quote user="Iceni"]

But why is Friday 13th considered to be unlucky ? And by whom - other than some Brits

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On Friday the 13th of October 1307 the French King Phillip the Fair (or unfair depending on your point of view) sent troops to arrest all the Knights Templar in France and to seize thier assets as he was a bit short of cash and the KT's were wealthy and immune from taxes by papal decree.

Since then Friday the 13th has been traditionally regarded as unlucky, particularly if you were a Knight Templar and living in France!

If you're not then you should be OK.

Cheminot

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[quote user="Iceni"]

But why is Friday 13th considered to be unlucky ? And by whom - other than some Brits ?

Did the Ides of March fall on that day ?

Or is it some mythical christian thing ?

I have started Googling but no sensible answers yet - so thought of asking you lot.

John

not

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As I understand:

- Friday is considered an notable day in the Christian faith because

that  was the day of the week that Christ died (hence the Friday

"fast");

- Thirteen is notable because there were thirteen at the table for the last supper

What is interesting to me is that in Anglo Saxon eyes, this combination

is regarded as unfortunate and unlucky, whilst in many other cultures

it is quite the opposite. Some years ago I was arranging a big dinner

for various business associates and mentioned to a Russian colleague

that we needed another body as a table for 13 was about to happen. He

looked at me as though I were mad, so I explained the above and he said

something along the lines of "how could a series of events that about

half of humanity consider to be the salvation of mankind be unlucky??"

I believe that the Savoy or Ritz (can't remember which) keep a stuffed

animal on hand to make up any tables of 13 to 14. I can't remember what

it is called, though it has a name.

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Forgot that Friday was the 13 th, I am not realy supersticious if you don`t count not walking under ladders and telling the kids not to put new shoes on the table( where the heck does that come from?) anyway I broke a front tooth, what a bonny bugger I look, Mr O has been asking if I will have a gold or silver one ,or just have a gap like most of our neighbours!

Mrs O

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