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Fun Facts - Origins of the

Days of the Week

Planet

Origin

Latin

English

German

Greek

Italian

Spanish

French

The Sun

Sun's Day

Dies Solis

Sunday

Samstag

Sol

domenica

domingo

Dimanche

The Moon

Moon's Day

Dies Lunae

Monday

Montag

Luna

lunedì

lunes

Lundedi

Mars

Tiw's Day

Dies Martis

Tuesday

Dienstag

Martis

martedì

martes

Martedi

Mercury

Woden's Day

Dies Mercurii

Wednesday

Mittwoch

Mercurius

mercoledì

miércoles

Mecredi

Jupiter

Thor's Day

Dies Jovis

Thursday

Donnerstag

Jove

giovedì

jueves

Jeudi

Venus

Frigg's Day

Dies Veneris

Friday

Freitag

Veneria

venerdì

viernes

Vendedi

Saturn

Saterne's Day

Dies Saturni

Saturday

Samstag

Saturni

sabato

sábado

Samedi

NOTE: The seven-day week originated in ancient Mesopotamia and became part of the Roman calendar in A.D. 321. The names of the days are based on the seven celestial bodies (the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn), believed at that time to revolve around Earth and influence its events. Most of Western Europe adopted the Roman nomenclature.

The Germanic languages substituted Germanic equivalents for the names of four of the Roman gods: Tiw, the god of war, replaced Mars; Woden, the god of wisdom, replaced Mercury; Thor, the god of thunder, replaced Jupiter; and Frigg, the goddess of love, replaced Venus.

Source:  InfoPlease (All the Knowledge You Need). Web site: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0002065.html

 
 
 

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