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Days of the Week

MONDAY
The Day of the Moon

This is traditionally viewed as the second day of the week. Although known as 'Monandaeg' by the Angle-Saxons it was also known as 'the day of the moon'.
'Black Monday' was the term given to 14 April 1360 which was an Easter Monday. King Edward III of England had laid siege to Paris but was plagued by the weather as it turned foul and dark.. As a result it is said that many men and their mounts were lost in battle. The fact that this event is said to have occurred on Easter Monday is disputed, being later said to have occurred on the Tuesday, but ever since the Monday after Easter has been given this name. On 25 February 1865 a terrifying wind rose up in Melbourne, Australia coming from the NNW. Devastation hit an immense area of land between Castlemaine and Sandhurst, known after by this name.
According to tradition it was believed that there were three specific Mondays of the year that were considered to be unlucky. The first Monday in April, the second in August, and the last in the month of December. It is said that Cain was born on the first Monday in April, and that later it was upon this day that he killed his brother Abel. Sodom and Gommorah was said to be destroyed on the second Monday in August, and that it was upon this day in December that Judas Iscariot was born.
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Bulgarian Beliefs: Monday is celebrated as the beginning of the week in relation to the magic of "first day". For it says "new linen, new luck," so it is a good and happy day. Always on Monday began plowing, sowing, harvest and threshing. On Monday began construction of a new house, a building or a well. On Monday entered into a new home and ignited the first fire in the fireplace. It is believed that a child born on Monday is lucky. It became a teacher or priest. 

TUESDAY
The Day of Mars. The Day of Honour

Traditionally seen as the third day of the week. 'Tiu', also 'Tiw', was associated with Mars who was the Roman god of War. Tiu was the younger brother of Thor and son of Odin. The French later closely translated this name to 'Mardi' or 'Mar's Day'. Mars has also been associated with Zeus or 'Zeus's Day' later being developed by the Anglo-Saxons.
It was thought that to meet a left-handed person in the early morning on a Tuesday would bring misfortune for the rest of the day according to a traditional Scandinavian belief. It has been suggested that this may because of the fact that the day related to the God of War.
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Bulgarian Beliefs: According to the folk beliefs it is bad, heavy (Hatay) day. Tuesday is day for fasting and the homework is banned and also the sexual intercourse. Women who sew clothes in Tuesday become widow. In Tuesday prohibits starting a new business and any endeavors.

WEDNESDAY
The Day of Wisdom. The Day of Mercury

Traditionally known as the fourth day of the week. This day was associated with Odin the God of War, Wisdom, Agriculture and Poetry. He was also regarded as the God of the Dead. The Anglo-Saxons changed the name from 'Odin's Day' to 'Woden's Day', whilst the French referred to the day as 'Mercredi' or 'Mercury's Day', Mercury being the God of Science, Commerce, Travellers, Rogues, and Thieves.
In most of Europe Wednesday was thought to be a very unlucky day whilst in the USA quite the opposite was believed as the following New England rhyme shows:
'Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth,nWednesday the best of all.nThursday for losses,nFriday for crosses,nAnd Saturday no luck at all!'
The above rhyme has according to research also been associated with selecting days to get married.
The Persians associated Wednesday with the name 'Red Letter Day'. It is believed that this was because they believed that the moon was created on this day.
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Bulgarian Beliefs: Wednesdays and Fridays are the worst days, according to tradition. Fasting is obligatory. Spouses observe sexual taboo, because if that day conceive a child, it will be born with "flaws." Men do not shave, and women do not wash their hair in order not widowed. Prohibited any women's work

THURSDAY
The Day of Strength. The Day of Jupiter

Traditionally seen as the fifth day of the week. Originally associated with two gods, 'Jove' and 'Thor'. Thor was the God of Thunder hence the day also being known a 'Thunderday'. Jove was also known to be associated with thunder, with the French renaming the day 'Jeudi' which means 'Jove's Day'.
'Maundy Thursday' is the Thursday before Good Friday when in the Roman Catholic faith, the preparation of washing the feet begins. Traditionally those of high office within the church, including royalty would wash the feet of the poor on this day. In John, xiii, 34, the ceremony is outlined with 'Mandatum novum do vobis' meaning 'a new commandment I give unto you'. The washing of the feet is associated with Jesus washing the feet of the poor, and also too of Mary of Magdala washing the feet of Jesus.
In Germany (Europe) Thursday was believed traditionally to be the most unluckiest of the week. As a result the practice grew of ensuring that no important business should be carried out, no marriages and even that no child should be sent to school for their first time on this day.
'Black Thursday' was the name given to February 6 1851 in Australia when a powerful fire swept in from the bush to blaze a trail across Victoria.
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Columba, or Columcille is associated with this day, as it is known that he was born on a Thursday in 521, on the 7 December. The Celtic church notes his heast day as 7 June, revered across the British Isles and Brittany as a truely sacred man of God hence the association in ancient times of this being a holy day.
Bulgarian Beliefs: Thursday is one of the happiest and best days of the week because it is read and is connected to the positive start. There are suggestions that it is a day of Slavic God Perun. Born on Thursday child enjoys good fortune - it is hardworking and rich. On Thursday enter into a new house and then lit the first fire in the fireplace. On Thursday, may start a new job. There is a belief that on the eve of Thursday, buried in the ground treasure shines like a flame.

FRIDAY
The Day of the Love. The Day of Venus

This is traditionally the sixth day of the week. The name given to this day in ancient Rome was 'dies Veneris' as is was a day dedicated to Venus. Later the French named the day 'Vendredi' believed to have derived from the same origin. In northern countries the closest equivalent to the Goddess Venus was 'Frigg' or 'Freya' with the day becoming known by the Anglo-Saxons as 'Frige dag', later to Friday.
Traditionally associated in many parts of Europe with misfortune as this was believed to be the day when Christ was crucified at Calvary, and also that this was the day that Adam was tempted by Eve with the Forbidden Fruit. Within the Roman Catholic faith Friday was traditionally a day of abstinence. Today it is a still viewed as a day for some private act of self-denial .
According to tradition there are some practices that should be avoided if possible on a Friday including, births, weddings, the sailing of a ship, cutting your nails or starting a new job. This is indicated in the following rhyme:
'Whoever be born on Friday or it's night,
He shall be accursed of men,
Silly and crafty and loathsome to all men,
And shall ever be thinking evil in his heart,
And shall be a thief and a great coward,
And shall not live longer than to middle age.'
A contradiction is expressed if a child was born on this day in 'Days of the Week', which indicated a more favourable omen. And indeed it is said that in 1492 Columbus set sail and sighted land on a Friday.
In Hungarian (Europe) folklore it was believed be an omen of bad luck to be born on a Friday although it was believed that the onset of misfortune could be avoided or removed by placing some of your own blood on some of your own old clothing and then burning it.
The criminal underworld have an old belief that 'a burglary committed on a Friday will probably result in arrest' as perhaps a sign of divine intervention and retribution upon the criminal, and if you were bought to trial for any offence on a Friday it was thought to be a bad omen. In the British Isles and USA Friday was the customary day to carry-out hangings and so was sometimes referred to as 'Hangman's Day' or 'Hanging Day'. (This perhaps is connected to the Christian belief in a Friday being the worst day of the week, as this was the day identified with the Crucifixion and the death of Christ).
If it rains on a Friday an old rural belief (UK) was that it indicated the forecast would be fine on the following Sunday.
If you dreamt on a Friday night of an event or people and then told the content of the dream to someone in your family on the Saturday morning it was more likely to happen.
In Scotland (UK) and Germany (Europe) according to an old belief Friday was thought to be a good day to go courting (dating). Norse men traditionally saw this as a positive day, the luckiest of the week.
'Black Friday' has been regularly used to label days of significance within the British culture. This was the name given to December 6 1745 in the British Isles. This was the day that information reached London (UK) that the Young Pretender had reached Derby (UK). The threatened General Strike was cancelled on 15 April 1921 affecting the stance of the British Labour Movement (UK). The Government (USA) flooded the open market with gold to bring down prices on 24 September 1869 ruining the livelihoods of many speculators in USA.
Mohammedans believe that Adam was created on a Friday, and so the day is seen to be the Sabbath. It is also believed that Eve tempted Adam with the Forbidden Fruit on this day, and that later both died on a Friday.
Friday is believed to be a day of misfortune too for Buddhists and Brahmins.
'Long Friday' was another name given to Good Friday by the Saxons. It is thought that the name derived from the fact that this was a day of abstinence.
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Bulgarian Beliefs: It is dedicated to St. Paraskeva and St. Petka, revered as protector of women and their domestic activities. Every Friday is meatless and its eve observe sexual taboo. On Friday, the women do not wash clothes and do not wash themselves. It is believed that during the year there are twelve "black Fridays" according to Orthodox holidays.
For the most formidable is considered "of Good Friday".

SATURDAY
The Day of Reckoning. The Day of Saturn

Traditionally seen as the seventh day of the week. The Latin name for this day was 'Dies Saturni' meaning the 'Day of Saturn' (Saturn being a Roman deity) which was later developed by the Anglo-Saxons to 'Soeterdoeg'. Saturn was associated with the ancient Greek 'Kronos' or 'Time' (some refer to this deity as Father Time). Kronos was said to have attempted to devour each one of his children but was unsuccessful with 'Neptune' or 'Water', 'Jupiter' or 'Air' and 'Pluto' or 'The Grave' as it was believed that not even Time can harm these. Jupiter eventually banished Saturn from his thrown. Saturn was also known as the God of the Seed and Harvest being symbolised by a scythe.
Those who practised the ancient art of alchemy believed that Saturn was linked to the metal lead, and that anyone born under this sign would be influenced by its evil nature. Alchemists referred to the 'Tree of Diana' also known as the 'Philosopher's Tree' as 'Saturn's Tree'. Modern astrologers indeed still link the disposition of anyone born under the influence of Saturn as being likened to the qualities of the metal, these being gloomy, dull, sluggish, grave, phlegmatic:
'Then rose the seed of Chaos and of Night
To blot out order and extinguish light.
Of dull and venal a new world to mould,
And bring Saturnian days of lead and gold.'
Pope : Dunciad, IV, 13.
Saturday in India is traditionally believed to be an unlucky day as this is the day dedicated to the God of Misfortune named 'Sani'.
In Ireland (UK) it is believed that if a the visual phenomena of a rainbow appears on this day then the following week will be nothing but wet weather.
In Scotland (UK) it was traditionally believed that any child born on this day would have the gift of seeing ghosts.
In rural areas of the British Isles it was traditionally believed to be bad luck to change jobs on a Saturday, an old English (UK) rhyme to support this was:
'Saturday servants never stay,
Sunday servants run away.'
'Black Saturday' was the name given to August 4 1621. It is said that a violent storm symbolically blew-up in Scotland (UK) at the moment when Parliament was in the house discussing whether to make change of the Episcopacy laws, and force this upon the people of Scotland.
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Bulgarian Beliefs: It is a Day dedicated to the dead. On Saturday people make all memorial and All Soul's Day. Those born on Saturday are endowed with supernatural abilities: they decipher dreams, recognize wizards and see demonic forces (vampires, fairies, goblins). 

SUNDAY
The Day of the Sun

Traditionally seen as the first day of the week by the ancient Hebrews and as identified by the fourth commandment (Exodus, xx, 8-11). This day was in ancient times dedicated to the Sun and later as 'The Lord's Day'. Sunday is traditionally a time for rest, reflection and worship.
It is believed to be a lucky day for babies born on this day according to tradition as the child was thought to be safe from witches and evil spirits. Some born on this day are believed to have psychic or devining abilities. Any cures that are administered on a Sunday were believed to be more likely to succeed.
In some parts of the British Isles (UK) there is a belief that announces that any agreements that are made on a Sunday are not legal as it will offend God to make any transactions of a day of reflection and dedicated to worship. In the USA this is enforced by the saying ' Never make plans on a Sunday'. In rural areas of the British Isles those employed for a new job on a Sunday would soon leave their post:
'Saturday servants never stay,
Sunday servants run away.'
It was also thought to be unlucky to put clean sheets on the bed on a Sunday along with cutting your hair or nails. Regarding music, choir singers who sang a false note on this day were according to a traditional English (UK) belief expected to have a burnt Sunday dinner.
You could expect a busy profitable week ahead, especially if you were in business, if you found a pair of gloves on this day, and quite naturally very unlucky to be the person who had lost them according to a rural English (UK) belief.
A prehistoric cairn marks the spot of Druid worship where a Christian settlement was created Slieve Donhard, near Newcastle, England. Set up by Donhard (a convert of St. Patrick), pilgrimages regularly visit the place of worship, high on the hill, as it is said that St. Patrick himself appears as a result of Donhard's faith each Sunday of the year. As he appears before everyone, it is said that St. Patrick also leads the people in the mass. 
According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the 'Manual' in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. 
Bulgarian Beliefs: According to the Bible and Bulgarian medieval sources, God created the world in six days. The seventh was declared as a holiday. For Bulgarians Sunday is a Holiday - they do not work, people are washed, wear clean clothes and go to church. On Sunday, they making engagements and weddings (except for the dirty days and Easter Lent), then welcome guests. It is believed that people born on Sunday without work achieved everything in life - knowledge, money, property.