25 Stupendous Facts About Saturday

In many countries, Saturday is considered the first day of the weekend, and is a time for relaxation and leisure activities.

Saturday is the sixth day of the week, following Friday and preceding Sunday.

Every week we look forward to it and to everything it means!

So let's dive into some trivia and facts about Saturday!


1. Saturday takes its name from Saturn, the Roman god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, and liberation.
Generally speaking, many of the days of the week were renamed from the Roman calendar to the Germanic calendar after the Germanic deities instead of the Roman ones. However, for the day Saturday, the Germanic calendar stuck with naming the day after Saturn as none of the Germanic gods were the equivalent of Saturn.

2. In astrology, Saturday is aligned to the planet Saturn and the astrological signs of Capricorn and Aquarius.

3. In the song/rhyme Monday's Child, Saturday's child "works hard for a living".

4. In the United States, the first Saturday in May is known as "Free Comic Book Day" and is a celebration of comic books and graphic novels.
On this day, comic book stores and libraries give away free comics to customers, and many artists and writers make special appearances.

5. In German speaking countries, Saturday is officially known as Samstag, which is derived from Ancient Greek.
There is another word used for Saturday which is Sonnabend, which is derived from the Old High German Sunnunaband, and closely related to the Old English word sunnanæfen, which literally means "Sun Eve," so "The Day before Sunday."

6. In Japanese, the word for Saturday translates as do youbi, meaning "soil day" and is associated with the planet Saturn (not the God) which is called dosei in Japanese and translates as "soil star."

7. In Korean, the day for Saturday translates as "earth day."

8. In the Thai solar calendar of Thailand, purple is the color associated with the day Saturday.

9. Saturday is the day in which elections usually take place in Australia.

10. Saturday is the official day of rest in Israel, in which all government offices, most businesses, and some public transportation are closed.

11. Saturday is given as a day off and other remaining six days are working days in Nepal.

12. In Australia and New Zealand, Saturday is known as "footy day" because of the popularity of Australian Rules Football and Rugby. Many people gather with friends and family to watch these sports on TV or attend live matches.

13. Saturday is the most common day of the week for most domestic football matches to occur in the U.K.

14. In the Western world, Saturday morning television is often orientated towards a viewership of children, whilst in the evening it is often aimed at a viewership of families.

15. In Sweden, Saturday is often the only day of the week when young children are allowed to eat candy.

16. In Hebrew, Saturday is called Shabbat, which is the Jewish day of rest and the holiest day of the week. Observant Jews do not work or engage in other forms of labor on Shabbat, and instead spend time with family and engage in religious study and prayer.

17. In Hinduism, Saturday is dedicated to the planet Saturn and is considered a day for spiritual cleansing and fasting.

18. In Islamic countries, Saturday is a normal workday and the weekend is usually on Thursday and Friday. This is because Friday is the Muslim day of prayer, and many Muslim countries have designated it as a public holiday.

19. In many countries, Saturday is a popular day for weddings. This is especially true in Western cultures, where Saturday weddings are often seen as traditional and romantic.

20. The popular TV show "Saturday Night Live" has been airing since 1975.
The show features a variety of comedic sketches, musical performances, and celebrity guests, and has launched the careers of many famous comedians and actors.

21. The roots for this naming of Saturday, lör and lauger are the equivalent of the English word lye, in the sense of detergent.
In different cultures such as Scandinavian countries, Saturday is called lördag, lørdag, or laurdag, with the name being derived from the old word laugr/laug, meaning bath. So therefore "lördag" equates to "bath-day." This is due to the Viking practice of bathing on a Saturday.
The Maori name for Saturday is Rahoroi, which literally means Washing Day. This derives from early colonized life when Maori Christian converts would set aside a Saturday to wash their clothes for church on a Sunday.

22. In folklore, Saturday was often viewed as the best day to hunt vampires, as this was the day of the week when they were restricted to their coffins.

23. The final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-running annual international TV song competition, has always aired on a Saturday since its start in 1956.

24. Saturday night is the night on which most bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants open longer, denoting Saturday as the regular party night of the working week.

25. Black Saturday is the name given to the start of a series of deadly and devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, that started on Saturday, February 7, 2009, and were Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters.

Seize the day, it's definitely one of the most popular days of the week with many historical events and interesting facts that make it what it is.

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