Have you ever wondered how the names of the Days of the Week originated? The Roman peoples, as did other ancient civilizations, named the days of the week after the sun, moon and planets, which were gods.

Sunday:

  • Meaning: The Sun's day
  • Order in Week: Sunday was traditionally viewed as the first day of the week by the ancient Hebrews and a day of rest and worship.
  • Folklore: Sunday was believed to be a lucky day for babies born.


    Monday:

  • Meaning: The Moon's day
  • Order in Week: Monday was traditionally viewed as the second day of the week.
  • Folklore: It was believed by ancients that there were three Mondays during the year that were considered to be unlucky: first Monday in April, second in August and last in December.


    Tuesday:

  • Meaning: Tiw's day; the Old Norse's equivalent to planet and god of Mars
  • Order in Week: traditionally viewed as the third day of the week
  • Folklore: Mars was the Roman god of war.


    Wednesday:

  • Meaning: Woden's day: the Old Norse's equivalent to Mercury
  • Order in Week: Wednesday was traditionally viewed as the fourth day of the week.
  • Folklore: Mercury was the messenger to the gods and the Roman god of commerce, travel, and science.


    Thursday:

  • Meaning: Thor's day: Old Norse's equivalent to Jupiter
  • Order in Week: Thursday was traditionally viewed as the fifth day of the week.
  • Folklore: In the Roman calendar, the fifth day was called in Latin dies Jovis, meaning "Jove's day," for Jove, or Jupiter, the god of thunder and rain.


    Friday:

  • Meaning: Frigg's/ Frica's day: Old Norse's equivalent to Venus
  • Order in Week: Friday was traditionally viewed as the sixth day of the week.
  • Folklore: Friday was held sacred to Venus, the goddess of love, by the Romans.


    Saturday:

  • Meaning: Saturn's day
  • Order in Week: Saturday was traditionally viewed as the seventh day of the week.
  • Folklore: Saturday was named in honor of the Roman god, Saturn. The Hebrews called Saturday the "Sabbath", meaning, day of rest. The Bible identifies Saturday as the last day of the week.


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