Posted by: Jack Henry | September 13, 2022

Editor’s Corner: Looking forward to Friday!

I have a particular fondness for the word Friday. I’m sure we all like it because it usually means the weekend is ahead. But I also like it because it reminds me of my niece, Freya. You’ll see why in just a minute. From Dictionary.com:

The first records of the word Friday come from before 1000. It comes from the Old English Frīgedæg, meaning “Freya‘s day.” In Latin, the name for the day we call Friday is dies Veneris, meaning “Venus’s day,” referring to the Roman goddess of love. However, the name of the day in many languages is instead based on the name of one of two goddesses from Norse mythology, either the love goddess Freya or chief goddess Frigg (or Frigga), wife of Odin.

In Islam, Friday is a day of worship.

In Christianity, Good Friday is the Friday before Easter that marks the death of Jesus.

In U.S. history, Black Friday refers to September 24, 1869, the date of a financial panic sparked by gold speculators. The term Black Friday is more commonly known as the informal name for the day after Thanksgiving, on which retailers offer special sales to mark the start of the holiday shopping season.

The date Friday the 13th is popularly associated with superstitions about bad luck or evil occurrences.

I’m returning to the original table I made for this, because there is one language that makes a change on their meaning for this day. While English and the Romance languages (minus Portuguese) named Friday after the goddess of love in their cultures, the Greek name has made a change. As I mentioned before, while the Ancient Greeks followed the days named after the sun, moon, and gods, the modern Greeks changed the names to God’s Day, and then “second,” “third,” etc. Once they get to Friday, they name it Παρασκευή (Paraskeví), which means “preparation.” Specifically, it means preparation for the Sabbath. Once again, we return to the religious naming of the days (like Sunday, in all of the languages we’ve looked at, except English).

Now, it’s time for us to prepare for the Sabbath: our last day of the seven!

English Greek Spanish French Italian Romanian Portuguese
Sunday Κυριακή

Kyriakí

Domingo Dimanche Domenica Duminică Domingo
Monday Δευτέρα

Deftéra

Lunes Lundi Lunedi Luni Segunda-Feira
Tuesday Τρίτη

Tríti

Martes Mardi Martedì Marţi Terça-Feira
Wednesday Τετάρτη

Tetárti

Miércoles Mercredi Mercoledì Miercuri Quarta-Feira
Thursday Πέμπτη

Pémpti

Jueves Jeudi Giovedì Joi Quinta-Feira
Friday
Παρασκευή
Paraskeví
Viernes Vendredit Venerdì Vineri Sexta-Feira
Saturday
Σάββατο
Sávvato
Sábado Samedi Sabato Sâmbătă Sábado

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