Between Wednesday and Friday, there is a day called Thursday. Thursday is frequently referred to as “Friday’s Friday,” which signifies that Friday is just around the corner and that the weekend is right around the corner. There are less classes on a Friday than then are on a weekday, thus many students refer to Thursday as “Thirsty Thursday” because they can start their weekend drinking there.
These fascinating Thursday facts will keep you entertained and enlightened all day long.
1. The name Thursday comes from the Norse god Thor.
The name comes from the Old English þunresdæg and the Middle English Thuresday, both of which mean “Thor’s Day.” Thor, the Norse god of thunder, was the inspiration for the name. Thunor, Donar (German: Donnerstag), and Thor are all names derived from Thunraz, the Germanic god of thunder who, in the interpretatio romana, is akin to Jupiter.
2. The planet Jupiter is associated with Thursday.
The Latin word for Thursday, Iovies Dies, literally means Jupiter’s Day, and it dates back to Roman times. Many European languages, including the French Jeudi and the Spanish Jueves, adopted this as the day’s term. Thor’s link with Thursday is also echoed throughout Northern Europe, as Thor is a thunder deity similar to Jupiter.
Similarly, Guruvara, the Indian term for Thursday, alludes to the mythological guru Brhaspati. Brhaspati is not only a guru to the gods, but he is also the regent of the planet Jupiter. Thursday’s characters in Japanese include those for Jupiter as well.
3. Maundy Thursday, commonly known as Holy Thursday.
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday in Christianity, is the day during Holy Week when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with the Apostles and the Washing of the Feet (Maundy). It’s the fifth day of Holy Week, and it comes after Holy Wednesday and before Good Friday.
4. The Ascension is always celebrated on a Thursday.
This is due to the fact that the Ascension is usually celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday. Consequently, it always falls on a Thursday, earning it the name “Ascension Thursday” in the Christian tradition. “Ascension Thursday” occurs 40 days after Easter, and it commemorates the day when Christ is claimed to have ascended to the heavenly kingdom.
5. Thursday is known as “Teacher’s Day” in Buddhist Thailand.
It is thought that today is the best day to start school. Thai children continue to honour their professors with a special ceremony done on a specific Thursday each year. And graduation day in Thai universities is almost always held on a Thursday, though this varies by university.
6. Thursday is the colour orange.
According to the Thai solar calendar, the colour orange is related with the day of Thursday.
7. Elections are always held on a Thursday in the United Kingdom.
Since 1935, all general elections in the United Kingdom have been held on a Thursday, and this has established a tradition, despite the fact that it is not required by law. The last election in the United Kingdom that did not take place on a Thursday was in 1931, when everyone voted on a Tuesday.
8. Thursday was designated as Fish Day in the former Soviet Union.
In the Soviet Union throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Thursday was referred to as “Fish Day” of the week, with fish being served instead of meat in the nation’s food service establishments.
9. The majority of movie premieres in Australia take place on Thursdays.
Thursdays are the most popular days for movie premieres in Australia. Also, most Australians get paid weekly or fortnightly on Thursdays. As most pay cheques are cashed by Thursday morning, shopping malls see this as an opportunity to stay open later than usual, usually until 9 p.m.
10. On Thursday, the United States chose its national animal.
The Bald Eagle was chosen as the United States’ national animal on June 20th, 1782. This historic event also occurred on a Thursday, like the Declaration of Independence.
11. Thursday was the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath who was also an anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, and writer. He was born on April 15th, 1452. He exemplified the phrase “Renaissance man” since his natural genius covered so many disciplines. Today, he is best known for his work, which includes the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, two of the world’s most famous and admired paintings.
12. Thanksgiving Day is an annual holiday in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States that takes place on the fourth Thursday of November each year.
13. On Thursday, the first Miss America was crowned.
On Thursday, September 8, 1921, Margaret Gorman was named the first Miss America at a beauty contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.