Unknown Facts About Saturday

Interesting Facts About Saturday.

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Saturday is considered the first day of the long-awaited weekend. Being the first day of the weekend, Saturday is one of the favorite days of the week for a lot of people. 

There are some nice facts about Saturday that many people don’t know, and, in this article, I’ll be sharing with you some unknown facts about Saturday. 

Without wasting much of our time, let’s get right into some of the unknown facts about Saturday. If you were born on a Saturday or Saturday is your favorite day, I’m sure you can’t wait to get into the interesting list of facts about your favorite day, Saturday.

Interesting Saturday Facts You’ve Never Heard Before

  •  Not really unknown but the day of the week between Friday and Sunday is Saturday.
  • According to the Old English translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Saturday was referred to as “Sæternes dæġe.” 
  • The day was also known as sunnanæfen in other versions of Old English.
  • Saturday was first named “Sãturni dies” which means Saturn’s Day by the early Romans around the 2nd century. It was said to be named for Saturn.
  • Saturday was said to be named for Saturn and this was explained by Vettius Valens and Dio Cass with the astrological order of days.  According to the two authors, it was a principle of astrology that the heavenly bodies controlled the hours of the day, one after another. This led the weekdays to be named for the planets which were already named after the heavenly deities.
  • Saturday was introduced into the West Germanic language, and in Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, and Modern Dutch, it was known as sater(s)dach, saterday, and zaterdag respectively.
  • In Victoria, Australia there was a series of deadly bushfires that destroyed life and properties, it started on the 7th of February 2009, which happened to be a Saturday and that day is now known as Black Saturday.
  • Usually, the Germanic people gloss their indigenous deities over the Roman gods but in the case of Saturday, it didn’t happen as none of the Germanic deities were said to be counterparts of Saturn, the Roman god.
  • The Roman Empire replaced the Roman nundinal cycle with the 7-day week around the 2nd century AD which saw Saturday being the 7th day of the week.
  • In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saturday is the day when prayers are offered for the dead because they believe it was on this day that Jesus lay dead in the tomb after he was crucified.
  • In New Zealand, elections only take place on Saturdays, because they want more people to be available to vote.
  • In the country of Nepal, Saturday is an official holiday and it is also the last day of the week in the country.
  • In the country of Israel, Saturday is also an official holiday which they consider an official rest day, this is due to the Jewish belief and commandment that God rested on the sabbath day.
  •  Also, according to the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saturday is when All Saints and the Mother of God, Theotokos are remembered. 

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  •  For the events that take place on Saturday in the Eastern Orthodox Church, The Octoechos have specified hymns that should be sung.
  •  Saturday is quite special for the Eastern Orthodox Church as services on that day have their unique dismissals which start with the words: “May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious and right victorious Martyrs, of our reverend and God-bearing Fathers”
  •  Saturdays are not viewed as strict fast days according to the Orthodox, with Holy Saturday being the only exception. If there’s a Saturday during a seasonal fasting period or event, the fast is usually lessened to an extent.
  •  Saturday is officially called Samstag in all present German-speaking countries. However, there are still two different names for the day. Samstag is seen as the official one in the southern and western parts of Germany, and other German-speaking countries like Austria.
  • In many parts of the world including the west, most morning television shows are geared towards the viewership of children, this is obviously due to the fact that Saturday is the beginning of the weekend or the first day of the week since Monday that children have free time in the morning to spend at home instead of preparing for and going to school.
  • The second name for Saturday in Germany is Sonnabend, and it is used officially in the eastern and northern parts of Germany.
  • Both names are all derived from old Germanic languages with Samstag being from sambaztac and Sonnabend being from sunnunaband (Sun eve).
  • According to most traditions and religions like Islam and Christianity, Saturday is the seventh day of the week but the ISO 8601 standards regard Saturday as the sixth day of the week. Countries like the USA, Japan, and Canada also view Saturday as the Seventh day of the week.
  • Since 1956, the final of the Eurovision Song Contest has always aired on Saturdays. No other day has ever been chosen for this final for several decades.
  • In Frisian, Saturday has two different names, it is called sneon in Clay Frisian and it is called saterdei in Wood Frisian.
  • Despite Saturday being said to be named for Saturn, some believe it is related to a highly respected deity in northwestern Germany named Sætere. Sætere is also called the Lord of Saturday to further prove this point.  Some believe the deity is another name for Loki, a different deity, who is associated with both evil and good. Sætere is also said to be associated with the harvest of the possible Slav region.
  • Most football matches in the UK are played on Saturdays. I believe this is because Saturday is a resting day as so many people have the free time to go watch the matches.
  • Saturday’s Child in the song ‘Monday’s child’, is said to work hard for a living.

We’ve gotten to the end of this article and hope you learned some nice facts about Saturday that you can brag about amongst your friends.

The above is the complete list of fun facts about Saturday, while the Saturday facts list attempted to capture as many facts and information about Saturday as possible, there are some things not included due to the nature of such information. Some of those facts are captured in the form of frequently asked questions, these popularly asked questions would be answered in the following section. The below are a collection of popular frequently asked question about Saturday.

Saturday FAQs

  • What is special about Saturday?

Saturday is the last day of the week in the Gregorian calendar, it is also the first day after the work week without work.

  • What is the true meaning of Saturday?

The true meaning of Saturday is Saturns Day which is the translation of the original Latin name of the day. The Latin name of Saturday is Sāturnī diēs.

  • Who Invented Saturday?

The Romans invented Saturday, they gave it the Latin name diēs Sāturnī which translates to Saturns Day. It is named after the planet Saturn.

  • When did Saturday become a day off?

Saturday became a work off day in the early 18th century.

  • Why is Saturday a weekend?

The origin of Saturday being a weekend stems from the Bible and the Biblical creation story. When God was said to have rested on the 7th day which is now considered to be Saturday.

  • Is Saturday a working day?

No, Saturday is not a working day. In most parts of the world where the Gregorian calendar is in use, Saturday is not a working day.

  • Is Saturday a business day?

Saturday is not a business day. It is part of the weekend which we don’t work.

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