“Monday’s child is fair of face. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Thursday’s child has far to go…” If you’re a Thursday’s child according to this old rhyme you’re predestined for greatness! How about David Bowie’s Thursday’s child lyrics? “Throw me tomorrow, oh oh seeing my past to let it go Throw me tomorrow, oh oh only for you I don’t regret And I was Thursday’s child (oh oh) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was…”
Whether we refer to old rhymes or modern lyrics Thursdays have always been an inspiration! Inspired and in a singing mood we’ve prepared these interesting facts about Thursdays that’ll probably motivate you to find your own Thursday’s tune…
In Old English, Thursday means Thor’s day. Thor is presented riding a chariot drawn by goats, wielding his hammer.
In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Jupiter.
Jupiter is portrayed as the principal god of sky and thunder who upheld his power with his thunderbolt.
Planet Jupiter’s astrological and astronomical sign is sometimes used to represent Thursday.
Thursday is reigned by Jupiter and Jupiter signifies wealth, prosperity, and growth.
The word for Thursday in India is “Guruvara”. The word “vara” means “day” and “guru” refers to the guru to the gods and a regent of the planet Jupiter known as Brhaspati.
According to the international standard ISO 8601, Thursday is the 4th day of the week.
Thursday is the 5th day of the week in countries where Sunday is the first day of the week in their calendar.
In Slavic languages and in Chinese, Thursday is the 4th day, while the Greeks and Portuguese denote Thursday as the 5th day.
Thursday is often abbreviated to Th. or Thu. in the Judeo-Christian liturgical calendar.
In Christianity, Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is the Thursday before Easter, which is the day that The Last Supper took place.
Maundy Thursday or Sheer Thursday is traditionally a day of cleaning and giving out Maundy money in the United Kingdom.
“Ascension Thursday” is forty days after Easter, it’s the time when Christ was said to have ascended to heaven.
Thursdays are dedicated to the Apostles and Saint Nicholas in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The Octoechos has hymns on these themes, arranged in an eight-week cycle, that are sung on Thursdays throughout the year.
Estonians didn’t work on Thursdays and called their Thursday nights “evenings of Tooru”.
According to historians Estonians would gather in holy woods known as “Hiis” on Thursday nights, where a bagpipe player would sit and play while people danced and sung until the dawn.
Back in the USSR during the 1970s and 1980s, Thursday was known as the “Fish Day” of the week, when fish was served rather than meat.
The name of a six-piece rock band from America formed in 1997 is Thursday.
In Buddhist Thailand, it is believed that a person should begin their education on a Thursday, because Thursday is considered to be “Teacher’s Day”.
Thai students still have gratitude ceremonies on Thursdays for their teachers.
Therefore graduation days at universities in Thailand almost always occur on a Thursday.
Most movie premiers in Australia are often held on a Thursday.
On the 20th of June 1782 – Thursday, the United States of America made a decision to do some branding and selected the Bald Eagle as their official emblem.
The famous Leonardo Da Vinci was born on a Thursday.
Nostradamus made a threatening prediction for a future Thursday. Once he prophesied that a powerful leader who would terrorize the East will make Thursday his celebration day.
“I never could get the hang of Thursdays” are the words said by Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The planet Earth also gets destroyed on that day.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, teens in some local high schools came up with a silly thought that anyone who wore the color green on a Thursday was a homosexual. Thankfully, the idea was gone by the 1970s.
All general elections in the U.K have been held on a Thursday since 1935. This has become a custom, not a requirement of the law.
In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
Most Australians are paid either weekly or biweekly on a Thursday, so most shopping malls are generally open until 9 pm, which is later than other weekdays.
In Norway, Thursday has also been the day when most shops and malls are open later than on the other weekdays.
Many students call Thursdays “Thirsty Thursdays” due to a reduced number of lessons students have on a Friday making it the day to start their weekend drinking.
The fewer or sometimes no classes on Fridays mean more chances to hold parties on Thursday night and sleep in on Friday.
On “Thirsty Thursdays”. Americans are known to drink a lot and/or post thirst tricks on Instagram.
We all know “Throwback Thursdays”, a time to recollect all things old and nostalgic. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your old dusty photo album and travel in the past whilst chanting your Thursday’s tune!
Do you have any interesting or fun facts about Thursday that we’ve missed? Share them here in the comments section below!