Did you ever know that the days of the week also have meanings behind them? And there were solid reasons why these days are being named as Sunday, Monday and so on.
All these names of the weekdays were named by Greeks after the Sun, the Moon, and the other five known planets. These planets were named after the Gods Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, and Cronus. A lot of science and logic was used before the names of the days were decided. The early Romans used Saturday as the first day of the week around in the first century. Later, when the sun was worshiped more than any other planet, its significance changed and its position turned to be the 1st day of the week, and Saturday shifted to the last one.
So let us unleash the mask behind the amazing stories of the names of the week and know more about them:
As the name suggests, Sunday comes from a Latin dies solis, which means “sun’s day”. It is also known to be the Dominica (Latin) as the Day of God. There are a plenty of reasons why Sunday is called Sun’s day and a majority of them are known to celebrate the day as the day of God Sun and its significance is increasing with each passing day.
Just like Sunday, Monday is known to be the Moon’s day and the name comes from Anglo-Saxon monandaeg. The second day of the week is sacred to the god moon and is also known to be the first working day of the week. In modern days, for some, it is the start of their daily schedule and some people curse the day because it begins the daily hustle and bustle of their life!
Named after the German God of war and the sky Tiu(twia), it is identified as the Norse god Tyr. Also known as the day of Mars, Tuesday is known by different names in different parts of the world.
The reason behind Wednesday being called Wednesday was to honor Woden (Odin). Woden is known to be the chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god. Woden is also the leader of Wild Hunt and its name comes from wod “violently insane” + -en “headship”. The Romans named Wednesday after their God Mercury.
Also known as Thor’s Day. Thor is also called as God of Thunder.
Thor is known to be a famous God now as it has shifted its position as God to a Superhero in the minds of its followers due to Marvel’s amazing movies in his context. The Romans particularly named Thursday after their most important God i.e. Jove or Jupiter. Thursday is also known to be the calm day in modern Era.
The first day to be named in the honor of a Goddess is Friday. Freya is the goddess of love, beauty, and kindness. This famous goddess is sometimes confused with the goddess Frigg. The Romans had sacred this day to their Goddess Venus. In the modern era, the day is known to be the start of the weekend and also the last working day of the week, which is meant to relax and enjoy.
As the name suggests, Saturday is known to be Saturn’s Day. Saturn is known to be the Roman and Italic god of Agriculture, who is believed to have ruled the Earth during the ages of happiness and virtue. Saturday is also known to be the last day of the week and initiates the new beginning with every coming week.