Friday is the day of the week that is between Thursday and Saturday. It 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.
Naming Friday - Freya’s Day
The English word Friday is derived from Old English and literally means “day of Frige” the Norse goddess of fertility and love. In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Venus.
- Middle English – Fridai
- Latin – dies Veneris– “Day of Venus”
- Old English– frigedæg– Freya’s day
- Ancient Greek – hemera Aphrodites – “day of Aphrodite”
Position in the Week
Friday is the fifth day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601. It is the last day of the work week and the sixth day of the week in countries that use Sunday as the first day of the week in their calendar.
Most Slavic languages call Friday the “fifth day”, while the Portuguese use the word sexta-feira, meaning the “sixth day of liturgical celebration”.
Significance in Culture
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”.
In Islam, Friday is a day of general peace and condemning a slave on Friday is forbidden under the Muslim law. 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.
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.
Common Events on Friday
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”.