Saturday is personally one of my favorite days of the week! I work a regular Monday – Friday job so the weekend is my downtime. But Sunday is way too close to Monday for my liking, so I live it up or rest it down on Saturday. However, not everyone likes this day that was named after Saturn. It is actually considered bad luck in India! Also, before I say anything else, please take a moment to thank Henry Ford and the Jews for inventing THE WEEKEND!
Jews & Saturday
“Sunday is a holy day for Christians but this traditional day off didn’t acknowledge the many Jewish workers in factories for whom Saturday was the Shabbat, or Sabbath. This begins at nightfall on Friday, running through to nightfall on Saturday, and is the most sacred time of the week.
The first change regarding the Jewish day of rest happened in America in 1908. A mill in New England allowed a two-day weekend so that its Jewish staff could observe the Sabbath. This was a hit with workers and led other industries nearby to introduce a five-day week too.”BBC
Henry Ford & Saturday
Henry Ford was always ahead of his time. The wonderful inventor made a huge difference in our lives, not just with his cars but by giving his staff Saturdays and Sundays off as early as 1926. He was also set down a 40-hour working week – which is either good or bad, I have no idea if people worked more than 40 hours or less 100 years ago.
The USA finally adopted an official five-day system in 1932 in order to counter unemployment caused by the Great Depression. The same thing was happening around the same time in Europe. Isn’t it amazing that there are people alive today who were born ‘before there was a weekend?’ Crazy!
Saturday is named in honor of Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture. It’s not as though there wasn’t a Norse god of agriculture to name that last day of the week after—so why use a Roman god? The island we think of as England was occupied by Roman forces from 55 BC until 410 AD, and this contact with Rome left more behind than just walls and archaeological ruins. There are a number of words in Old English that show how strong the Roman influence was on the language and culture, and sæturndæg (Saturday) is one.
“Saturday is also linguistically special. The names for the days of the week come to us from Old English, the language spoken in England from from sometime in the seventh century until about 1100 AD. This Germanic language is the broad foundation that Modern English was built on, and occasionally it leaves us hints about the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. That’s the case with the days of the week.”Merriam Webster
Saturday in India
According to someone on Quora, Saturday isn’t considered a great day in India. Apparently, Saturday is known as Shanivar in India, which means a day of Planet Shani. Shani is considered as the person whose influence brings seven years of bad luck in a person’s life. Therefore, his day is considered bad luck.
“Fast of Saturday is of the most significance weekday fast. According to the scriptures, people in whose Kundali Saturn (Shani) is in a weak position or it is not able to give its favorable results, must observe this fast. This fast is performed to get the best result of Saturn. Saturday fast is observed to please Lord Saturn.
This Vrat is also favorable for people who have Sadesati, Dahiya, Mahadasha or Antardasha of Shani. Observing the fast of Saturday gives relief from joint pains, back pain, muscle disorders. It also reduces mental tensions and makes a person optimistic.”Temples of India
Saturday is a fascinating day with so much history! Who knew that there was more to this day than meets the eye? It just shows that everything we enjoy in life without thinking twice about it, has a rich past. I will definitely enjoy Saturday even more now that I know more about it. And I already love this day more than any other!
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