7 Days of the week | First day of a week For Every Country

7 Days of The Week

There are seven days in a week. They are the followings – 

  1. Sunday (The day after Saturday) 
  2. Monday (The day after Sunday) 
  3. Tuesday (The day after Monday) 
  4. Wednesday (The day after Tuesday) 
  5. Thursday (The day after Wednesday) 
  6. Friday (The day after Thursday) 
  7. Saturday. (The day after Saturday) 

But always remember to write the first letter of the names of the days of the week in capital letters as the names of the days come from mythological character. 

Here are the links of the days with different mythological characters:

                            Days                  Mythological figures
                          Sunday                  Related with Sun
                          Monday                  Related with moon
                          Tuesday      From the God Tiw, related with Mars
                        Wednesday          Linked with Germanic God Odin
                        ThursdayAssociated with Thor, the Germanic God of thunder
                          FridayLinked with Germanic Goddess Frigga
                          Saturday                Related with Saturn 

What is the first day of a week?

According to the international standard ISO 8601, Monday is the first day of a week. But some countries like – US, Canada, Japan etc. considers Sunday as the first day of a week and 96% of countries in the world like – India, Australia, China, Ireland believes that Monday is the first day of a week.

Now you can say that a week starts from Monday and ends on Sunday or starts from Sunday and ends on Saturday. Because every country does not consider the same day as the starting day of a week. For this reason, the end of the week is also different in various countries. 

 Here is a shortlist of the first and last days of a week in different countries of the world – 

First day of the  weekLast day of the weekCountries’ Name
SundaySaturdayArgentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
MondaySundayAlbania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria,  Azerbaijan, Belarus,  Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria,  Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,  France, French Guiana,  Georgia, Germany, Greece,  Hungary, Iceland, India,  Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo,  Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, 
SaturdayFridayAfghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

 

Do you know which days of the week are ‘weekdays’ and which ones are ‘weekend days’? Let’s see – Weekday and Weekend days

Is Sunday the first or last day of the week?

According to the international standard ISO 8601, Sunday is the last day of the week. But you can’t say that it is considered everywhere as the last day of the week. A very few countries like – US, Canada, Brazil, Colombia classify Sunday as the first day of the week. But most countries treat Sunday as the last day of the week.

First day of the week

As per the international standard ISO 8601, the first day of a week is Monday and most countries follow this belief. But like the last day of the week, it also varies from country to country. Actually, it depends on the culture and religion of the country. Several countries treat Sunday as the first day of a week and some treat Saturday as the starting day of the week.

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