Steve’s Day

I’ve been thinking about this…if I could rename every day of the week, I’m thinking food might be a good idea. Hey, why not?  :)))). Read on to see why the days of the week are named what they are.  (But I still think food might be good.)


Wouldn’t that be cool – to have a day named after you? It turns out, as times have changed, so have our names for the days of the week. Dating back to the Babylonians (and Samarians) as the system was fairly simple – they gave a day of the week to each of the seven celestial bodies they knew – the sun, moon, and five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). Our current naming system comes from an amalgamation of the Babylonian, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse mythologies for those seven main celestial bodies — one of the last remaining vestiges of Norse mythology in our regular vernacular. Special thanks to Google, Wikipedia,, and all those cool gods and their respective virtues. Enjoy!

The seven-day week originated from the calendar of the Babylonians, which in turn is based on a Sumerian calendar dated to 21st-century B.C. Seven days corresponds to the time it takes for a moon to transition between each phase: full, waning half, new and waxing half. Because the moon cycle is 29.53 days long, the Babylonians would insert one or two days into the final week of each month.

Monday – The first day of the week got its name from the first object we see in the night sky: the moon. Formerly spelled monedæi, which comes from the Old English words mōnandæg and mōndæg (literally “moon’s day”), it’s traditionally considered the second day of the week rather than the first. That links it back to our Nordic friends, who reserved the second day of the week for worshipping Máni, their personification of the moon. The name Mona is also part of a related tradition: It’s the Old English word for “moon,” and girls born on Monday in ancient Britain were sometimes given this name as a result.  Moon symbolism often carries associations with femininity and emotions, which might explain why Monday is often associated with a case of the “Monday blues.”

Tuesday – Whether you consider it the second day of the week or the third, Tuesday is named for the god of war. For the Anglo-Saxons it was Tiu, while the Vikings called him Tyr; split the difference and you come up with something close to Tuesday. That also explains why Romance languages have similar-sounding names for the day: mardi (French), martes (Spanish), and martedi (Italian) all come from Mars, the Roman god of war. Týr’s association with war makes Tuesday a fitting day for taking action and tackling challenges.

Wednesday – Another day, another mythological god. Traces of the Latin term dies Mercurii, or “day of Mercury,” can again be found in the Romance languages: mercredi (French), mercoledì (Italian), and miércoles (Spanish). “Wednesday” itself is derived from the Old English Wōdnesdæg and Middle English Wednesdei, which means “day of Woden” — another form of Odin, the god of all gods in Norse mythology. (Anglo-Saxon paganism owed some of its practices to Nordic culture, hence the crossover.). Odin was associated with wisdom and poetry, making Wednesday a day often associated with intellect and communication.

Thursday – If you’re familiar with a certain hammer-wielding god of thunder, you already know for whom Thursday is named: Thor, the popular Norse god (I’m a big fan!). Thursday was called Þūnresdæg in Old English, whereas the Romance languages (like French, which has it as jeudi) deriving from Latin (dies Iovis) name the day after Jupiter. That’s no coincidence, as Jupiter was the Roman god of the sky and thunder, not to mention the king of all gods.  Thor’s association with thunderstorms and strength and Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, is a well-known symbol of this day.

Friday – The last day of the traditional workweek derives its English name from a Norse deity, but its origin is a bit murkier than the others. Coming from the Nordic goddess Freyja and the Germanic goddess Frigg, it was called Frīġedæġ in Old English. Confusion sets in when you delve into the theory that the two goddesses are actually one and the same. Frigg was known to be wise and have the power of foresight, while Freyja rode a chariot led by two cats and personified everything from love and beauty to fertility and war – she’s the most important Nordic goddess. This day has often been associated with love, romance, and social gatherings.

Saturday – This one’s simple: Saturday is named for Saturn. That’s because, according to second-century astrologer Vettius Valens, the ringed planet controls the day’s first hour. The heavenly body itself is named after the Roman god of wealth and agriculture, and various languages’ names for the day are more similar than most: Sæturnesdæg in Old English, dies Saturni in Latin, samedi in French. A slight exception is German, which has two terms for Saturday: Samstag is the more commonly used, but Sonnabend (“Sun-evening”) is sometimes used in northern and western Germany. Saturn was associated with agriculture and time, making Saturday a day for both work and leisure.

Sunday – You guessed it: Sunday is named for the sun. In German, Sonntag is Sunday, which derives from sonne, their word for sun. In Latin, dies solis translates as “day of the sun” or “day of Sol,” a Roman sun god. Similarly, Norse mythology personified the sun in the form of Sól, a goddess also known as Sunna (who happens to be the sister of Monday’s Máni, the moon). Sun worship was prevalent in these societies, and Sunday was reserved as a day of rest and celebration.

Steve’s Day – if it did happen, it would be known for very high intellect of course (hey, it’s my day ok??) from the god Coeus (smarts for solving your PIA (Pain in the @%$) Jobs!, fun, family and food. Derived from the ancient gods Venus (love and beauty), Gelos (fun and laughter) Zeus (god of family) and Dionysus (food, feast, festival). No one would have to work of course on  my day – but must spend time frolicking with family and friends. Here’s to Steve’s Day!!




Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way
into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos.
The next week there could be 15 logos.
And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing.
But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a
quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post.
On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers
and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  
Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count.
Got it? Good.  :-))))
Have fun!!


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