Tuesday is the day of the week that is between Monday and Wednesday. It is the second day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, although some cultures consider it to be the third day of the week.
Naming Tuesday - Tiu’s Day
The English word Tuesday is derived from the Old English and literally means “Tiw’s day”, the god of war and law. In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Mars.
- Old English – Tīwesdæg – Tiw’s day
- Middle English – tiwesday or tewesday
- Latin – dies Martis – “Day of Mars”
- Ancient Greek – hemera Areos – “day of Ares”
Position in the Week
Tuesday is the second day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601.
Significance in Culture
Tuesday is considered to be an unlucky day in the Greek world because the Fall of Constantinople occurred on a Tuesday. Spanish-speaking countries also consider Tuesdays to be unlucky.
However, Tuesday is considered a lucky day in Judaism because it is mentioned twice as a good day in the first chapter of Genesis.
Common Events on Tuesday
The United States usually hold elections on a Tuesday, which is sometimes referred to as Super Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday which is also called Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the day before the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar.