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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.

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Mars, Roman god of war.

Tuesday was originally named after the Roman god of war Mars (pictured), but the Norse people named it after their own god of war, Tyr.

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Tuesday comes after Monday and before Wednesday.

Naming Tuesday: Tiu’s Day

The English word Tuesday is derived from Old English and 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 – tiwesdayor 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.

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The 7 Days of the Week

  1. Monday
  2. Tuesday
  3. Wednesday
  4. Thursday
  5. Friday
  6. Saturday
  7. Sunday
  8. Long Weekends and Bank Holidays
  9. What Are Week Numbers?
  10. Why Does Tuesday Follow Monday?

The 7-day week

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