The Watering Hole: July 1 — Friday

Frigga Spinning the Clouds

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Friday!  The end of a very long week…

The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the “day of Frige“. The same holds for Frīatag in Old High GermanFreitag in Modern German and Vrijdag in Dutch.

The word “Friday” has various origins, but since my background (on my Mother’s side) is Dutch, The above is my favorite.  Plus, it comes with a pretty cool picture.

We’re programmed to think of Friday as the end of the week, but it isn’t so for many cultures:

In most countries with a five-day work week, Friday is the last workday before the weekend and is, therefore, viewed as a cause for celebration or relief (leading to the phrase “TGIF”, for “Thank God It’s Friday”). In recent years, in some offices, employees are allowed to wear less formal attire on Fridays, known as Casual Friday or Dress-Down Friday.

In Saudi Arabia and Iran, however, Friday is the last day of the weekend and Saturday is the first workday. In Iran, it is the only weekend day. Moreover, in some countries, Friday is the first day of the weekend, and Sunday is the first workday. In Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Kuwait, Friday was formerly the last day of the weekend while Saturday was the first workday. However, this was changed in Bahrain and the U.A.E. on 1 September 2006[1] to Friday as the first day of the weekend and Sunday as the beginning of the workday, with Kuwait following on 1 September 2007.

It must be nice to be the King of Bahrain: Bummed by Friday being the last day of your royal weekends?  Dammit, change it so Friday is the first day of your weekend — you’re a King, for cripes sake.  I’m sure it’s made all the difference in the world…

The good thing about today, is that it’s the kick-off day for a long holiday weekend for you lucky working stiffs.  Me?  I thought yesterday was Friday, so I’m having seconds.  :)

This is our daily open thread — Relax and have a beer…for breakfast.