The name comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning "sun's day": the name of a pagan Roman holiday. It is also called Dominica (Latin), the Day of God..
French: dimanche; Italian: domenica; Spanish: domingo (from dominica);
German: Sonntag (from: sunday);
The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, "the moon's day". This second day was sacred to the goddess of the moon.
French: lundi; Italian: lunedi. Spanish: lunes. [from Luna, "Moon"]
German: Montag; Dutch: maandag. [from: 'moon-day']
French: mardi; Italian: martedi; Spanish: martes.
The day named to honor Wodan (Odin).
The Romans called it dies Mercurii, after their god Mercury.
French: mercredi; Italian: mercoledi; Spanish: miércoles. (from Mercury)
The day named after the Norse god Thor. In the Norse languages this day is called Torsdag.
The Romans named this day dies Jovis ("Jove's Day"), after Jove or Jupiter, their most important god.
French: jeudi; Italian: giovedi; Spanish: jueves. (from Jove)
The day in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg.
To the Romans this day was sacred to the goddess Venus, and was known as dies veneris.
French: vendredi; Italian: venerdi; Spanish: viernes. (from Venus)
This day was called dies Saturni, "Saturn's Day", by the ancient Romans in honor of Saturn.
French: samedi; Italian: sabato; Spanish: sábado.
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