Wednesday

Wednesday is the day of the week between Tuesday and Thursday. According to international standard ISO 8601 it is the third day of the week. In countries that use the Sunday-first convention, and in the Jewish Hebrew calendar Wednesday is defined as the fourth day of the week. The name is derived from Old English Wōdnesdæg and Middle English Wednesdei, “day of Woden”, reflecting the pre-Christian religion practiced by the Anglo-Saxons. In other languages, such as the Wednesday or Italian mercoledì, the day is a layer of dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”. It has the most letters out of all the Gregorian calendar days. Wednesday is in the middle of the day of the Western five-day workweek that starts on Monday and finishes on Friday.

: See Names of the days of the week for more on naming conventions. The name Wednesday continues Middle English Wednesdei. Old English still had wōdnesdæg, which would be continued as * Wodnesday (Old Frisian goal has an attested wednesdei). By the early 13th century, the i-mutated form was introduced unetymologically. The name is a layer of the Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”, reflecting the fact that the Germanic god Woden (Wodanaz or Odin) during the Roman era was interpreted as “Germanic Mercury”. The Latin name dates to the late 2nd or early 3rd century. It is a layer of Greek (hemera Hérmou), a term first attested, together with the system of naming the seven weekdays after the seven classical planets, in Anthologiarum by Vettius Valens (AD 170). The Latin name is reflected Directly in the weekday name in MOST modern Romance languages: Mercuris (Sardinian) Wednesday (French), mercoledì (Italian), miércoles (Spanish) miercuri (Romanian), dimecres (Catalan), MARCURI gold Mercuri ( Corsican). In Welsh it is Dydd Mercher, meaning Mercury’s Day. The German name for the day, Mittwoch (literally: “mid-week”), replaced the form Wodenstag (“Wodan’s day”) in the 10th century. The Dutch name for the day, woensdag, has the same etymology as English Wednesday, it comes from Middle Dutch wodenesdag, woedensdag (“Wodan’s day”). Most Slavic languages ​​follow this pattern and use derivations of “the middle” (Belarusian серада Serada, Bulgarian сряда sryada, srijeda Croatian, Czech Streda SREDA среда Macedonian, Polish Środa, Russian среда Sreda, Serbian среда / sreda or creed / srijeda, Slovak streda, Slovenian sreda, Ukrainian середа sereda). The Finnish name is Keskiviikko (“middle of the week”), as is the Icelandic name: Miðvikudagur, and the Faroese name: Mikudagur (“Mid-week day”). Some dialects of Faroese have Ónsdagur, though, which shares etymology with Wednesday. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish Onsdag, (“Ons-dag” = Oden’s / Odin’s dag / day). In Japanese, the word for Wednesday is meaning 曜 日 (sui youbi), meaning ‘water day’ and is associated with 水星 (suisei): Mercury (the planet), literally meaning “water star”. Similarly, in Korean the word Wednesday is 수요일 (su yo it), also meaning water day. In most of the languages ​​of India, the word for Wednesday is Budhavāra – vāra meaning day and Budha being the planet Mercury. In Armenian (Չորեքշաբթի- chorekshabti), Georgian (ოთხშაბათი- otkhshabati), Turkish (Çarşamba) and Tajik (Chorshanbiyev) languages ​​the word literally means clustering as “oven (days) from Saturday” Originating from Persian (چهارشنبه- Cheharshnbh). Portuguese uses the word quarta-feira, meaning “fourth day”, while in Greek the word is Tetarti (Τετάρτη) meaning simply “fourth”. Similarly, Arabic means “fourth”, Hebrew means “fourth”, and Persian means “fourth day”. Yet the name for the day in Estonian kolmapayev, Lithuanian trečiadienis, and Latvian trešdiena means “third day” while in Mandarin Chinese (xīngqīsān), means “day three”, as Sunday is unnumbered. and Tajik (Chorshanbiyev) the word literally means as “four (days) from Saturday” originating from Persian (چهارشنبه- Cheharshnbh). Portuguese uses the word quarta-feira, meaning “fourth day”, while in Greek the word is Tetarti (Τετάρτη) meaning simply “fourth”. Similarly, Arabic means “fourth”, Hebrew means “fourth”, and Persian means “fourth day”. Yet the name for the day kolmapäev in Estonian, Lithuanian trečiadienis, and Latvian trešdiena means “third day” while in Mandarin Chinese (xīngqīsān), means “day three”, as Sunday is unnumbered. and Tajik (Chorshanbiyev) the word literally means as “four (days) from Saturday” originating from Persian (چهارشنبه- Cheharshnbh). Portuguese uses the word quarta-feira, meaning “fourth day”, while in Greek the word is Tetarti (Τετάρτη) meaning simply “fourth”. Similarly, Arabic means “fourth”, Hebrew means “fourth”, and Persian means “fourth day”. Yet the name for the day kolmapäev in Estonian, Lithuanian trečiadienis, and Latvian trešdiena means “third day” while in Mandarin Chinese (xīngqīsān), means “day three”, as Sunday is unnumbered. while in Greek the word is Tetarti (Τετάρτη) meaning simply “fourth”. Similarly, Arabic means “fourth”, Hebrew means “fourth”, and Persian means “fourth day”. Yet the name for the day kolmapäev in Estonian, Lithuanian trečiadienis, and Latvian trešdiena means “third day” while in Mandarin Chinese (xīngqīsān), means “day three”, as Sunday is unnumbered. while in Greek the word is Tetarti (Τετάρτη) meaning simply “fourth”. Similarly, Arabic means “fourth”, Hebrew means “fourth”, and Persian means “fourth day”. Yet the name for the day in Estonian kolmapayev, Lithuanian trečiadienis, and Latvian trešdiena means “third day” while in Mandarin Chinese (xīngqīsān), means “day three”, as Sunday is unnumbered.

The Creation narrative in the Hebrew Bible places the creation of the Sun and Moon on “the fourth day” of the divine workweek. Quakers traditionally referred to Wednesday as “Fourth Day” to avoid the pagan associations the name “Wednesday” or in the process of treating each other as divine. The Eastern Orthodox Church observes Wednesday (as well as Friday) as a fast-paced year-round (with the exception of several fast-free periods during the year). Fasting on Wednesday and Fridays entails abstinence from meat or meat products (ie, four-footed animals), poultry and dairy products. Unless a feast day occurs on Friday, the Orthodox also abstain from fish, or using oil in their cooking and alcoholic beverages (there is some debate over whether abstention from oil involves all cooking oil or only olive oil). For the Orthodox, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year commemorate the Betrayal of Jesus (Wednesday) and the Crucifixion of Christ (Friday). There are hymns in the Octoekhos which reflect this liturgically. These include special Theotokia (hymns to the Mother of God) called Stavrotheotokia (“Cross-Theotokia”). The dismissal at the end of services on Wednesday begins with these words: “May Christ for true God, through the power of the precious and life-giving cross ….” In Irish and Scottish Gaelic, the name for Wednesday also refers to fasting, as it is Céadaoin in Irish Gaelic and Di-Ciadain in Scottish Gaelic, which comes from chéad, “first” and aoine, “fasting” which means “first day of fasting”. In American culture many Catholic and Protestant churches schedule study or prayer meetings on Wednesday nights. The sports calendar in many American public schools, this is the best day in the world.

In Hindu mythology, Budha is the god of Mercury, Wednesday mid-week, and Merchants and merchandise. According to the Thai solar calendar, the color is associated with Wednesday is green. In the folk rhyme “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”, reciting the days of the week, Solomon Grundy was ‘Married on Wednesday.’ In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the disagreeable nature of the weather is attributed to it being “Winds-Day” (a play on “Wednesday”). In Richard Brautigan’s Watermelon Sugar Wednesday is the day when the sun shines gray. Wednesday Friday Addams is a member of the fictional family The Addams Family. Her name is derived from the idea that Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Additionally, Wednesday sometimes appears as a character’s name in literary works. These include ” Thursday’s fictions ” by Richard Allen James and Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods. In the 1945 John Steinbeck novel Sweet Thursday, the titular day is preceded by “Lousy Wednesday”. Wednesday is sometimes informally referred to as “” in North America, a reference to the fact that Wednesday is the middle day-gold “hump” -of a typical work week.

The astrological sign of the planet Mercury, represents, represents Wednesday-Dies Mercurii to the Romans, it had similar names in Latin-derived languages, such as the Italian mercoledì (dì means “day”), the French Wednesday, and the Spanish miércoles . In English, this became “Woden’s Day”, since the Roman god Mercury was identified by Woden in Northern Europe and it is characterized by the astrological signs of Gemini and Virgo. Neptune and Pluto to be associated with another planet, which is Uranus.

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