Who doesn’t love a Saturday? Traditionally falling between Friday and Sunday in the modern calendar, it’s a day off work for many people in the West. Therefore, it’s a day when many people come together and make plans. However, many people still work on a Saturday – though it remains a day which feels much more laid back than the rest of the week! That’s perhaps because, unlike Sunday, there’s no need to go to work the next day.
Whether or not it’s your favorite day of the week, here are plenty of interesting facts about Saturday that will most likely fascinate you. How much do you know about the sixth day of the week? Let’s find out.
While it’s less prevalent nowadays, the concept of Saturday Morning Television was a staple in households across the West between the 1960s and 2000s.
This is when TV channels would traditionally host children-friendly programming and cartoons.
The trend for Saturday Morning Television has largely split away thanks to the huge array of channels available. The rise of internet content, and alternative media, may also have played a part in the change.
In Australia, general elections normally take place on a Saturday, whereas they traditional take place during the week in the UK and US.
That said, it is generally election day for people who live in the state of Louisiana.
It’s thought that some criminal activity rises on Saturday depending on the territory. This has led to the creation of some terms such as ‘Saturday Night Special’ in the US, which refers to a low-grade handgun.
Preparing for Shabbat dinner – Kiddush cup, Shabbat candles and challah cover
Certain days of the week have colors associated with them. In Thailand, for example, Saturday is associated with the color purple.
Saturday is a day of rest for many people, and this is particularly official in Israel. This is to such an extent that the majority of businesses and public transit are closed down across the country.
This is as a result of Saturday being the Sabbath, the day of rest within Judaism. This even means that governmental offices in the country will be shut on a Saturday.
Saturday, oddly enough, is the only day of the week during which children can legally eat sweets in Sweden.
Saturday night is generally seen as the ‘party night’ of the week, thanks mainly due to many people not working the next day. It also happens to be an evening where most clubs and bars will open longer.
In Maori, Saturday is known as Rahoroi, which literally means ‘washing day’. This dates back to Christian tradition when people would wash their church clothes before Sunday mass.
“Love Love Peace Peace” performance at the 2016 grand final
Saturday is also associated with the star signs Capricorn and Aquarius.
Since its inception in 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest’s live final has always been hosted on a Saturday.
Saturday also tends to be a big day for sport in the UK. It’s when the majority of football matches take place.
Saturday remains the only ‘week holiday’ for Nepalese people, and it’s also the last day of the week in the country, not Sunday.
The best-known song with Saturday in the title is perhaps still Elton John’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’.
In Scandinavia, Saturday is traditionally referred to as bath day. This dates back to Viking heritage, where Vikings would have weekly baths.
According to the popular rhyme Monday’s Child, if you are born on a Saturday, you ‘work hard for a living’.
Saturday is also a hugely popular day for sport in the US, with most college football being played on this day weekly. However, the same will also apply to college basketball, too.
Movies such as Saturday Night fever helped to establish the popular trend of people hitting the town for parties and socializing.
In Australia, Black Saturday was a devastating occasion where the country experienced some of its most destructive bushfires back in 2009.
Saturday is widely regarded by many as the sixth and penultimate day of the week. However, in many religions and cultures – as noted above – it is the seventh.
For example, in traditional Christianity, Sunday is regarded as the start of the week. Saturday is also technically observed as the last day of the week in Japan, Australia, and the US.
Orthodox Christians don’t generally treat most Saturdays as strict fasting days. However, in the event of Holy Saturday, normal fasting rules will apply to observers and worshippers.
One of the most important Saturdays in the Christian calendar is Lazarus Saturday, which takes place the week before Palm Sunday, one of the pivotal days in the faith’s calendar.
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