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Saturday Facts and Trivia

Published by J M Lennox in Trivia
September 10th, 2010

A collection of facts and trivia about Saturday, the sixth day of the common week; why it is named, why it was a good day to hunt for vampires according to folklore, who sings about fighting on this day, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Saturday’ was derived from:

  • Old English ‘saeter(nes)daeg’ – Saturn’s day
  • Latin word ‘dies Saturni’ – day of Saturn
  • Ancient Greek ‘hemera Khronu’ – day of Cronus

Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture, and is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue. Cronus is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until he was dethroned by his son Zeus. In the Thai solar calendar of Thailand, Saturday is named from the Pali word for Saturn and the Celtic languages also name this day for Saturn.

Health and Colour

As Saturn is purple or black in colour the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing purple or black and being around purple flowers on this day of the week.

Songs

Songs named after this day include:

  • Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night – Bon Jovi
  • Saturday Night – Cold Chisel
  • Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John
  • Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  • Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers

Books

If you were born on a Saturday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would ‘work hard for a living’, and fiction books with Saturday in the title include:

  • Monday Begins on Saturday – Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • The View From Saturday – E L Konigsburg
  • The Saturday Wife – Naomi Ragen
  • Superior Saturday – Garth Nix

Sport

The Australian Football League Grand Final is traditionally held on the last Saturday in September and a large majority of football league games are played in the UK on a Saturday.

One Day Weekend

Saturday is the first day of a two day weekend in most countries however in Nepal Saturday is the last day of the week and the only official weekly holiday. It is also the official day of rest in Israel on which all government offices and most businesses, including some public transportation, are closed.

Vampire Saturday

In folklore Saturday was the preferred day to hunt vampires. It was believed in the Balkans that anyone born on a Saturday could see a vampire when it was otherwise invisible and that such people were particularly apt to become vampire hunters.

Hand Gun

The amount of criminal activities that take place on Saturday nights has led to the expression ‘Saturday Night Special’, a slang term used in the United States and Canada for any inexpensive handgun.

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  1. Posted September 10, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Good Post

  2. Posted September 10, 2010 at 5:55 am

    WELL WRITTEN

  3. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Another interesting one cheers

  4. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Nice Share.

    :-)

  5. Posted September 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I am learning such a lot from these posts. They are full of interesting facts. Well done.

    Christine

  6. Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for the share

  7. Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Good Post

  8. Posted September 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

    $- nice-$

  9. Posted September 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for your comments friends. :-)

  10. Posted September 10, 2010 at 9:40 am

    A weekend information. THanks Lennox

  11. Posted September 10, 2010 at 11:25 am

    At first I was confused when I saw your article. Then I thought you must live in a different time zone. Where I am it is now Friday morning.
    Fantastic article. I learned a lot! Thanks for writing this.

  12. Posted September 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Very interesting information about Saturday. I was especially intrigued by the wearing or purple and black and being around purple flowers on this day. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Learned something new from your posts, friend.

  14. Posted September 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    excellent one. Learnt a lot about 6 days! One more to go! Looking forward to it

  15. Posted September 11, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Pattiann I don’t blame you for being confused. I tried to submit them all so that they would be available on the day of that articles title. Apart from the beginning of the week where Triond had a lot on their plate & were a little behind, they came through in time for the weekend. I was really happy about that. Thank you Triond! :-)

  16. Posted September 12, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Interesting facts here. I love Saturdays and the movie Sat night fever too.

  17. Posted September 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Very good facts you have for us here.

  18. Posted October 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Saturday was the preferred day to hunt vampires? These are good facts. Liked it twice :)

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