Tuesday – Tyr’s Day
Tuesday is the second day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, although some cultures count it as 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”
Second day of the week
Tuesday is the second day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, but in the US, Canada, and Japan it's counted as the third day if the week.
Unlucky in Greece and Spain
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.
US election day
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.