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I Wonder Why – Why There Are Seven Days In A Week?

Seven days

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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

of War.

● 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”.