Why are there seven days a week?
● Babylonians were the first civilization to have a seven-day week.
● Mesopotamians created a seven-day week so they could devote one day a week
to worship the seven heavenly bodies that they knew.
● Other cultures had weeks varying in length from four to ten days, depending on
the frequency of their markets.
● The Romans, upon beginning to use the seven day week instead of the eight
day, then adopted the names of the week to fit their gods.
● While different societies started the week on different days usually Sunday or
● Monday could be translated as “Moon Day”.
● Tuesday is the first to be named after a god. It was named for Tiu or Twin, a God
● Wednesday can be translated as “Wooden’s Day”, associated with the Norse god
● Thursday is one of the easiest days to translated as “Thor’s day” Named for the
Norse god of thunder and lightning.
● Friday is associated with Freya, the Norse goddess of love, marriage, and fertility.
● Saturday in English derives from “Saturn’s day”. Saturn was a Roman god
associated with wealth and time.
● Sunday is “Sun’s Day” as the “Day of the sun”.