Interesting facts about Saturday:
Saturday is the first official day of the regular two-day weekend, and it is usually associated with sleeping in late, lounging around, or going out to paint the town.
Saturday is often the most popular day of the week for sporting events, ensuring maximum attendance from fans who would otherwise be working during the week.
There are several interesting facts about Saturdays, as well as a tapestry of really interesting names for Saturdays around the world, so let’s get started.
Saturn, the Roman god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, and liberation, inspired the name Saturday.
In general, many of the days of the week were renamed from the Roman calendar to the Germanic calendar after Germanic deities rather than Roman deities. The Germanic calendar, on the other hand, stuck with naming the day Saturday after Saturn because none of the Germanic gods were the equivalent of Saturn.
Saturday is known as lördag, lrdag, or laurdag in various cultures, including Scandinavia, and is derived from the old word laugr/laug, which means bath. As a result of the Viking practice of bathing on Saturday, ‘lördag’ translates to “bath-day”.
Saturday’s roots, lör and lauger, are the equivalent of the English word lye in the sense of detergent.
Saturday is officially known as Samstag in German-speaking countries, which is derived from Ancient Greek. Sonnabend, derived from the Old High German Sunnunaband, and closely related to the Old English word sunnanaefen, literally means “Sun Eve,” or “The Day Before Sunday,” is another word for Saturday.
Saturday is known in Maori as Rahoroi, which translates as “Washing Day.” This dates back to early colonial times, when Maori Christian converts would set aside a Saturday to wash their clothes in preparation for church on Sunday.
Saturday is known in Japanese as do youbi, which translates as “soil day,” and is associated with the planet Saturn (not the God), which is known as dosei and translates as “soil star.”
Similarly, the day for Saturday in Korean translates as “earth day.”
Purple is the color associated with the day Saturday in Thailand’s Thai solar calendar.
Saturday is associated with the planet Saturn as well as the astrological signs Capricorn and Aquarius.
Saturday is the last day of the week and the only official weekly holiday in Nepal.
Saturday is Israel’s official day of rest, with all government offices and most businesses closed, including public transportation.
In Australia, elections typically take place on Saturday.
Saturday is also the only day in New Zealand when elections are held.
In Sweden, Saturday is frequently the only day of the week when small children are permitted to consume candy.
Saturday’s child ‘works hard for a living’ in the song/rhyme Monday’s Child.
Saturday was thought to be the best day to hunt vampires because it was the day of the week when they were confined to their coffins. In the Balkans, it was also believed that if a person was born on a Saturday, they could see a vampire who was invisible to others, and that these people were the best recruits for vampire hunters.
In the Western world, Saturday morning television is frequently aimed at children, whereas evening television is frequently aimed at families.
Saturday night is the night when most bars, pubs, clubs, and restaurants stay open later, indicating that Saturday is the working week’s regular party night.
Saturday is the most common day of the week for domestic football matches in the United Kingdom.
Since its inception in 1956, the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-running annual international TV song competition, has always aired on a Saturday.
The name “Black Saturday” refers to the start of a series of deadly and destructive bushfires in Victoria, Australia, that began on Saturday, February 7, 2009, and were Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disasters.