Anybody ever wonder why the calendars in the US all begin with Sunday? It's not that way any where else, except maybe Israel and the Muslim world.
I don't believe anybody got the point (or the answer) to why the US (if not UK) calendars begin with Sunday. Apparently the Brits know they are a Christian country, but not the Americans. Perhaps it was decided by the founding fathers, many of whom were Freethinkers, as a way to separate church and state, as it were. Remember, Ben Franklin (a Freethinker) was also a printer!
More on Days of the week from Norse naming
Sunday/Monday Sunna and Mani - Brother and sister who pull sun/moon across the sky
Tuesday from Tiw
Wednesday - Wodin or Odin
Thursday - Thor
Friday - Freya
Saturday - Saturn (borrowed from Romans) - There was no equivalent in their Pantheon just Laugardágr which has something to do with wash day!
An interesting study this as the naming of days, certainly in
Italy, France and Spain are derived from the Roman or Latin
titles. The Saxon names, however, agree with the named Roman deity for
the day in their Norse pantheon but use their own gods. For example
Monday (Luna)- Lat. Dies Lunae, French - Lundi, Saxon - Monandaeg
Tuesday (Mars) - Lat. Dies Martis, Fr. Mardi, Saxon - Tiwesdaeg
The European names depart from the Roman ideas for Saturday and Sunday, giving Christian connotations with Lord's Day (Fr. Dimanache) instead of referring to Dies Solis and Sabbath (Fr. Samedi) instead of referring to Dies Saturni.
A definite divide can be seen with the French and southern European cultures compared with the Northern and Germanic customs.
Also noteworthy that Sunday was the first day of the Roman week so pre-dates the Christian idea.
They start on Sunday in UK as well. Don't know about the rest of Europe but I am suspecting it will have something to do with the change from Julian to the Gregorian calendar system. The French Republic started their own calendar after the Revolution with a 10 day week. Napolean abolished it in 1805 because it was too unweildy! Here is a link to In Our TIme, [bbc.co.uk] about The Calendar from 2002..I have not listened to it for years so I can't remember it. If you are not familiar with IOT it is a great erudite show on BBC Radio 4 with experts from their fields. Its been going since 1998 and all episodes are available to download, over 500 in all. It covers Culture, History, Science, Religion and Philosophy, with topics from Bird Migration, Beethoven and Dark Matter, to Aristotlian Politics and Icelandic Sagas and much more.
Pretty easy.. we use a gregorian calendar which was changed from the julian calendar. You basically have Catholicism to thank. It easy once you put it to gether. The Sabath is the 7th day, the day of rest. The Sabath is Saturday, or Saturns day. The reason for this is because the ancien Hyksos/Hebrews/Canaanites were Saturn cultists. Remember Catholicism usurped Judaism. I forget the pope who decreed the nomenclature for the weeks, but you will get. Sun day is the day of the Son/Sun. All christian sun cultists practice on sunday. Monday is day to honor moon. Tuesday is day to honor god for Mars, dies martis in latin. God for Mercredi, mercury, wens. Thurs is Jupiter, or thors day in norse, friday or vendredi is venus, and you guessed it chronos saturn saturday. Astrotheology, Catholics know all about it.
I suspect it is because Sunday is "the lord's day," amen and thank you jesus. "That is the day we celebrate the Sabath," mom said. But, um, God rested on the Sabath so it should be last. But it's a sin to fish on Sunday. What the fuck was Peter, a hair dresser? I don't know, there's some kind of fucked up answer in all that.