Friday, April 18, 2008

There's Something About Friday

I have spoken quite alot about Saturdays, and how Saturday is my favorite day of the week, but Friday is a close second. In fact, Friday has a somewhat "magical" feel to it in a way, given that I am not totally swamped or stressed. I wondered what it was about this day of the week that was so appealing to a lot of us, and in looking through Friday facts, there are some interesting findings.

Frigg spinning the clouds, by J C Dollman
Frigg spinning the clouds, by J C Dollman

Etymology

The name Friday comes from the Old English frigedæg, meaning the day of
Frige the Anglo-Saxon form of Frigg, a West Germanic translation of Latin dies Veneris, "day (of the planet) Venus." However, in most Germanic languages the day is named after Freyja—such as Frīatag in Old High German, Freitag in Modern German, Freyjudagr in Old Norse, Vrijdag in Dutch, Fredag in Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish—but Freyja and Frigg are frequently identified with each other.

The word for Friday in most Romance languages is derived from Latin dies Veneris, "day (of the planet) Venus." (a translation of Greek Aphrodites hemera) such as vendredi in French, venerdì in Italian, viernes in Spanish, and vineri in Romanian. In most of the Indian languages, Friday is Shukravar (or a derived variation of Sukravar), named for Shukra, the Sanskrit name of the planet Venus. Russian uses an ordinal number for this day of the week-- piatnítsa, meaning "fifth." Similarly, the Portuguese is sexta-feira, the sixth day.

Astrology

In astrology Friday is connected with the planet Venus. This associates Friday with love, peace, and relaxation, as well as with emotional intensity and quashed dreams. It is also connected with the Astrological sign Libra.



SO there are lots of reasons why Fridays tend to be a day of the week so many of us in the daily grind might look forward to, and especially because it usually indicates the weekend is here. On that note, I sure wish you all a happy weekend... for those of you who aren't a slave to the daily grind, I applaud you too, and hope that there is something special for your weekend to at least put a smile on your face too.

No matter what you do on a daily basis, you need to stop and smell the roses and have yourself some fun, do something that takes you out of your comfort zone once in a while and reminds you that you're still alive and vibrant... Make this weekend yours!

Going to be quite busy again today so I will leave you all with a cool music video to enjoy (or bitch about, whatever the case may be) :)

This is a dedication to all of my Friends, Family and Friday! You're all "Just What I Needed" (The Cars)

3 comments:

BBC said...

I don't pay any attention to Astrology, it's just a bunch of monkeys muttering about things they know nothing about.

It will be an easy day here, but most days are, I just do what I damn well please.

Tomorrow I will put together a dump load, can take a whole load to the landfill on Sunday for only ten bucks. That only happens once a year here.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

I remember when Friday was the greatest day of all. It meant the week was done, going out with friends, dancing, singing, going all over town.
Now I work almost every Saturday, sometimes on Sunday, and never ever go out.
I am lucky if I get out to do anything ever.
Feeling down? Switch places with me for a week. The old lady will be yelling at you too - she does NOT work. Ha haaaaaaa!!
OK ... I used your comments to vent a bit. (laughing)
Jackie, I do hope your weekend rocks!
Brother Speedz :~)

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Happy Firday!