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Friday - Frigg's and Freya's Day

Friday is the fifth day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601 and is considered the last working day of the work week in most western countries.

Norse Goddess Frigg riding in a chariot pulled by goats.
Norse goddess Frigg.
Norse Goddess Frigg or Frigga riding in a chariot pulled by goats.
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Friday comes after Thursday and before Saturday in our modern day Gregorian Calendar.

Naming Friday

The English name Friday is derived from Old English and literally means “day of Frigg”, the Norse goddess of fertility and love, who is often percieved as the same deity as Freya.

Venus' day

In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the fertility goddess Venus, like Italian “venerdi”, French “vendredi”.

  • Middle English – “Fridai”
  • Latin – “dies Veneris”– Day of Venus
  • Old English – “frigedæg” – Frigg’s day
  • Ancient Greek – “hemera Aphrodites” – day of Aphrodite

Position in the Week

Friday is the fifth day of the week and in Slavic languages they call Friday the “fifth day”, while the Portuguese use the word “sexta-feira”, meaning the “sixth day of liturgical celebration”.

Unlucky or lucky?

In some cultures, superstition considers Friday an unlucky day to begin a voyage. However, Friday is considered a lucky day for sowing the seed.

Friday the 13th is considered to be very unlucky because of its association with the unlucky number thirteen. It usually occurs one to three times a year and some refer to this date as “Black Friday”.

Peace and prayer

In Islam, Friday is a day of general peace for Muslims. It is also a special prayer day called Salat AlJumu'ah.

In Christianity, Good Friday is the Friday before Easter that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. The Eastern Orthodox Church, Fridays and Wednesdays are fast days throughout the year. Fasting on Fridays entails abstinence from meat or meat products such as poultry and dairy products although fish is permitted.

Day of rest

In Hinduism, special observances are practiced for goddesses, mainly Durga/Parvati/Gowri on Friday. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and lasts until nightfall on Saturday.

POETS day

Casual Friday (also called Dress-down Friday or Aloha Friday) is a relaxation of the formal dress code employed by some corporations for that one day of the week.

POETS Day is a term used on Fridays by workers in the United Kingdom and Australia that refers to the last day of the work week. It commonly stands for “Piss Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday”. Another expression is TGIF, short for “Thank Goodness It's Friday”

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