How the Days of the Week were named!

If you have ever wondered how the days of the week were named, here’s the scoop. The ancient people named them after classical planets, which were named after gods and, well, a goddess.

Sunday is named after the sun and Monday after the moon. After that things are not so obvious.

Tuesday is after Tiw, the Germanic god of war and the sky. His Roman equivalent is Mars; hence in Spanish Tuesday is martes, in French mardi.

For Wednesday, we can thank Germanic god Woden (Scandinavian Odin). Roman equivalent is Mercury.

Thursday is Thor’s day, the Germanic god of thunder. His Roman counterpart is Jupiter.

Friday! We forgot there are females too. Let’s name a day after a goddess, after all. Friday is named after the Germanic goddess Frigga, wife of Odin whom we met on Wednesday. She’s also known as Freya. The Roman equivalent is Venus.

Saturday is obviously named after Saturn, the Roman god.

Source :  A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg
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