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You won't believe what started Friday the 13th

James Tee

Is This Your Unlucky Day?

Well, many people consider Friday the 13th unlucky.

There was a little dinner that occurred on a Thursday evening, and was the last supper for Jesus and his closest friends. He was crucified the next day, which was a Friday, which could very well have been the 13th of April. So it is this event that first made Friday to be considered an unlucky day. You all know the last supper as recreated by Da Vinci.

The number 13 is also considered unlucky and it could have had something to do with the number of dinner guests as depicted in his famed artwork. Now, here's something you may not know. Leonardo Da Vinci plays a role in another potential source of Friday the 13th being an unlikely superstition. 

The Da Vinci Code

Movie Poster for "The Da Vinci Code"

Okay, a tenuous role. In the movie based on the book by Dan Brown, an event is referred to that happened on Friday, the 13th of April in the year 1307. That was the date the king of France ordered the arrest of members of the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar was a wealthy catholic church backed military order. The King had them arrested because he was heavily in debt to them. Many were tortured and killed, enough of a middle ages event that the date of their arrest became even more of a superstition. 

Well you can't have a religious historical story that doesn't have a redemptive sidebar right? While 13 remains an unlucky number, Friday has become a very welcome and happy day of the week in much of the world. That's because, for many, it is the final day of the standard work week. And, heralds the beginning of the popular weekend. Hence the phrase Thank God its Friday. You can even find it on T-shirts!

T.G.I.F. T-Shirt $18.49

It even produces a romantic-style feeling for some, so we created another way of sharing that love with this offering.

Oh Friday Let Me Hug You T Shirt

And for those of you who may be superstitious, Friday May 13th is the only Friday the 13th in 2016. But we do caution, the year 2017 has two months worth of Friday the 13ths, starting with January! 



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