Saturday, December 11

Origins of the Days of the Week

The name comes fron the Latin dies solis, meaning "Sun's Day". The name of a pagan Roman holiday. It is also called Dominica (latin), the Day of God. The Romance languages, languages derived from Latin (such as French, Spanish, and Italian), retain the root.

The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, "The Moon's Day". This second day was sacred to the goddess of the moon.

This day was named after the Norse god Tyr. The Romans named this day after their wargod Mars: Dies Martis.

The day named to honor Wodan (Odin). The Romans called it dies Mercurii, after their god Mercury.

They day named after the Norse god Thor. In the Norse languages this day is called Torsdag. The Romans named this day dies Jovis ("Jove's Day"), after Jove or Jupiter, their most important god.

The day honored the Norse goddess Frigg. In Old High German this day was called frigedag. To the Romans this day was sacred to the goddess Venus, and was known as dies veneris.

This day was called dies Saturni, "Saturn's Day", by the ancient Romans in honor of Saturn; in Anglo-SAxon: sater daeg

-NEC's StudentBook for level Teens10, by ELT

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