Naming Thursday - Thor’s Day
The English word Thursday is named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. Thursday literally means “Thor’s day” in Old English. Thor is represented riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer.
In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Jupiter. Jupiter is depicted as the chief god of sky and thunder who maintained his power with his thunderbolt.
- Middle English – thursday or thuresday
- Old Norse– thorsdagr – Thor’s day
- Old English– thunresdæg – Thunder’s day
- Latin – dies Jovis – “Day of Jupiter”
- Ancient Greek – hemera Dios – “day of Zeus”
Position in the Week
Thursday is the fourth day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601. It is the fifth day of the week in countries that use the Sunday as the first day of the week in their calendar.
In Slavic languages and in Chinese, Thursday is the fourth day, while the Greeks and Portuguese refer to Thursday as the fifth day.
Common Events on Thursday
In the United Kingdom, all general elections have been held on a Thursday since 1935, and this has become a tradition, although not a requirement of the law. The Thursday before Easter is also known as Maundy Thursday or Sheer Thursday in the United Kingdom, which is traditionally a day of cleaning and giving out Maundy money.
In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is an annual festival celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
In Australia, most movie premieres occur on Thursdays and on Thursday nights. Most Australians are paid either weekly or fortnightly on a Thursday, so most shopping malls are generally open until 9pm, which is later than other weekdays. Shopping malls see this as a good opportunity for business to stay open longer than usual because most pay checks are cleared by Thursday morning.